Sunday, November 20, 2011

Chicago cops helped latin kings murder and rob

Federal allegations after a bi-state crackdown have left 2 chicago police officers indicted on multiple charges.

Officers Alex Guerrero, 41, and Antonio Martinez Jr., 40, both of Chicago, helped the gang steal, according to the indictment unveiled Friday in federal court in Hammond.
According to a different article on the same story:
The defendants are accused of taking part in drug trafficking, murder, attempted murder, kidnapping and weapons violations, acts that mostly took place in Chicago and Indiana but stretched down to Texas, Capp said.
Most interestingly is this blurb that's probably overlooked by many:
Guerrero and Martinez received at least $10,000 to steal guns, hundreds of pounds of drugs and tens of thousands of dollars, the indictment claims.
How do Police steal guns?   In Chicago, it's easy!   I wrote about that a year ago, when I pondered in writing about what happens to confiscated guns.   Seems I have some evidence that at least $10,000 worth were sold directly to gang members who used the guns to commit at least 19 murders according to Federal allegations.   The articles do not elaborate on where the guns were stolen from, but my guess is they were taken from houses the police officers broke into, or from regular citizens who were caught with them, since having a firearm in your car, or on you in Chicago is still a felony.   Those caught people might have even thought they got off lightly.   I'd really like to see the BATFU traces on those serials!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Personal Freedom in IL ranked 49/50

An ongoing study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University has declared Illinois to be ranked 49 out of 50 states in personal freedom (lower is more free).   The detail page on Illinois about says it all:

victimless-crimes arrest rates are almost unfathomable. In 2008, more than 2 percent of the state’s population was arrested for a victimless crime (and that figure does not count people under 18), and the vast majority of these arrests were for drugs. Illinois’s drug law-enforcement rate is by far the worst in the country at more than three standard deviations worse than average. Asset-forfeiture laws are also among the worst in the nation.

And yet people I still hear from in Illinois complain about how backwards all the other states around them are.  Some people's minds just don't work right.