Sheriff Tom Dart of Cook County, Ill., (the jurisdiction that includes Chicago) is frustrated at the number of violent offenders who are caught illegally using firearms and quickly released. In order to do what he can to keep the worst bad guys off the streets, Dart will have his office begin notifying local police when suspects are released after paying high-dollar bails.
The idea is to facilitate police surveillance of individuals who are likely to be chronic violent offenders with gang affiliations. “Gang members arrested on gun crimes can quickly come up with thousands of dollars—often tens of thousands of dollars in cash—to get out of jail and return to the communities they continue to terrorize,” Dart said in a statement reported by the Chicago Tribune. “We should be using the laws on the books to find out where they are getting that kind of money. This shows how our broken cash bail system permits violent offenders to return to the streets within hours while many of those who are poor are stuck behind bars on non-violent crimes.”
Dart has also requested that the Cook County State’s Attorney investigate the source of money that defendants use to post bail, given that 79 percent of defendants in cases involving firearms do so in cash.
Attempted Home Invasion Stopped By North Carolina Woman With Gun
While walking through her residence shortly before noon on Thursday, a homeowner was startled to hear someone rattling the knob on her front door. To be safe, she grabbed her pistol, then went to the door.
Standing in the doorway was 29-year-old Bryant Latrelle Martin, who tried to force his way into the house and began struggling with the woman. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Stanford says the homeowner had no choice but to fire at Martin, who then ran from the front porch with a gunshot wound to the chest.
WRAL-TV5 is reporting investigators found Martin dead at the scene after the woman’s son called 911. No charges are likely to be filed, as North Carolina’s “Stand Your Ground" law permits the use of deadly force in self-defense. Carolinians expanded the law in 2011 to include businesses, homes and vehicles.