He’s the very definition of “career criminal.” His rap sheet runs 36 arrests long. Three felony convictions include robbery in 2005, burglary in 2007 and aggravated battery of a police officer in 2012. Other crimes—stolen vehicle (2011), possession of a gun (2013), reckless conduct and associating with gang members (2015) and numerous parole violations.
Yet all of that wasn’t enough to keep him behind bars. This 24-year-old convicted felon—who was so well-known to Chicago police that he was on a list of people deemed to be at high risk of getting shot or being a shooter—was roaming the streets freely on Tuesday when he murdered a rival gang member.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson rightly pointed to this as a glaring example of the need for Chicago’s justice system to hold gun offenders with extensive felony records more accountable for their crimes.