Outrage Grows Over Charges in Death of Two Officers
More and more people are speaking out about charges leveled against an offender in the death of two police officers struck by a Metra train last week as they investigated shots fired by the offender.
Edward Brown was charged with only aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and reckless discharge of a firearm, though Brown’s crimes caused the deaths of Officers Eduardo Marmolejo and Conrad Gary, who were hit by a train as they investigated the shots fired by Brown.
The charges by prosecutors generated immediate criticism, including from the FOP, which advocated that prosecutors should bring felony murder charges to a grand jury.
Now the issue got even more attention from a heated discussion among mayoral candidate and former police superintendent Garry McCarthy, Bruce Wolf, and Amy Jacobson in an interview on AM 560 The Morning Answer:
McCarthy: If you are fleeing the police vehicle after committing an armed felony and you hit somebody with your car and kill them, that’s a murder. But yet you fire a shot in the middle of an urban center and you flee the police and the police get killed by an oncoming train and the charge for this individual is criminal possession and criminal discharge of a firearm?
Jacobson: I know. I was shocked.
McCarthy: What is going on? . . . Toni Preckwinkle and Kim Foxx need to explain to the families and the police department why this individual was not charged with a more serious crime.
Jacobson: Well, yeah, like involuntary manslaughter?
McCarthy: Or reckless, any which way you slice, much, much more appropriate charges. . . .
The charges come in the wake of criticism by the FOP and its members against Foxx that she is too willing to bow to the desires of law firms who regularly sue the police on claims of misconduct, but sell out officers when they themselves are the victims of crime:
Lee Dewey was charged with aggravated battery against a Chicago Police Officer for biting the officer in his leg during a downtown demonstration called “Slut Walk,” a demonstration of which Dewey was a participant.
As a consequence of the battery, the officer was out of work for six weeks and ordered by doctors to take a concoction of medicines to prevent the possibility of an AIDS infection. A plea agreement was worked out in the case and guess what? Dewey’s charge was reduced to a City of Chicago municipal code violation—unlawful assembly.
Another officer who was the victim of a battery was Brendan Gill. Gill was working as a First District tactical officer in 2014 when he was pushed by one offender, then punched by another during a demonstration about police brutality, according to public reports.
David Rucker and Alfredo Reyes were charged with felony aggravated battery to a police officer after they refused repeated commands to withdraw to the sidewalk. Gill suffered a badly swollen eye after being punched by Reyes, according to reports.
But then that case was also pled down to a misdemeanor.
The attorney for the offenders in these two cases? Joey Mogul from the People’s Law Office (PLO), a law firm with an intense anti-police résumé.
Consider some of the allies and clients of the PLO over the last four decades: the Weather Underground, the Black Panthers, members of the Puerto Rican FALN terrorist group, and the NATO activists accused of planning to throw Molotov cocktails at police officers in 2010.
Perhaps Garry McCarthy is right: Toni Preckwinkle and Kim Foxx need to explain to the families and the police department why this individual was not charged with a more serious crime.