Local rapper who had ‘just been released’ from Cook County Jail suffered as many as 64 bullet wounds in fatal shooting across the street from jail, police say

Three people were shot, including a man who died after he suffered dozens of bullet wounds, during an apparent ambush as he was released from the Cook County Jail on electronic monitoring Saturday night, according to Chicago police.

Fifty-nine shell casings littered the 2700 block of West 27th Street in Little Village — across the street from the jail — around 8:50 p.m. The 31-year-old man was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:25 p.m., according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

A police report identified the man, known locally as a rapper, as Londre Sylvester, though the medical examiner’s office said it had not notified next of kin of his death Sunday. The police report said Sylvester suffered as many as 64 bullet wounds to his head and other parts of his body, however a full autopsy report detailing his injuries won’t be released for weeks.

A 60-year-old woman who was with him was shot in the knee, and she was in good condition at Stroger Hospital, police said. A Cook County sheriff’s office spokesman referred all questions about the case to Chicago police. Attempts to reach the 60-year-old woman who was shot were unsuccessful.

Chicago police and sheriff’s office personnel investigate the scene just outside the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Aug. 18, 2017, after Kenneth Williams was shot a few blocks away from the courthouse. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune)

A second woman, a 30-year-old who was walking in the area at the time, suffered a graze wound to her mouth, according to a police report. She was said to be in good condition when taken to Mount Sinai Hospital.

The suspects reentered their vehicles and fled the scene in different directions, the police report said. Chicago police learned there were surveillance cameras in the area to review for evidence.

“It appears Sylvester was the intended target while (the women) were inadvertently struck,” the police report states.

Sylvester had “just been released” from custody and was fitted for electronic monitoring “as a condition of his bail,” the police report said. He and the 60-year-old woman were walking “to an awaiting vehicle when several unknown (suspects) exited two separate vehicles and all began to shoot in Sylvester’s direction, striking him numerous times,” the police report said.

Late last month, prosecutors hit Sylvester with a petition for violation of bail bond for violating the conditions of his release in a 2020 felony gun case.

On July 1, a judge ordered Sylvester held on $50,000 bail. According to court records, Sylvester was able to post the required $5,000 bail on Friday

This was not the first time such a seemingly orchestrated attack occurred outside the jail or its neighboring courthouse.

On March 6, 2017, a 23-year-old man who beat a murder case was shot and killed minutes after leaving the jail. Kamari Belmont was released on $100,000 bail — after his friend posted the necessary $10,000 to get him out of lockup — while he was being held on remaining robbery charges.

Belmont was a few blocks from the jail on California Avenue when a white SUV pulled up to his car, and someone from the SUV opened fire, striking Belmont several times and killing him, police have said.

Belmont had been held in the jail on murder and robbery charges after, authorities contend, he shot a man during a robbery in 2015 and robbed someone else a few hours later. The man who authorities believed Belmont shot died weeks later.

But Cook County prosecutors dropped the murder charges at the end of January 2017 after allowing too much time to elapse under the state’s speedy trial statute, according to court records and Belmont’s lawyer. The robbery charges remained, however.

Two weeks after Belmont was killed, a 21-year-old man suffered six gunshot wounds to the groin area on March 20, 2017, as he was walking to the Leighton Criminal Court Building, which is next to the jail. Someone from a white van opened fire. The 21-year-old was struck by gunfire, and he was taken to Mount Sinai in critical condition.

The man who was shot in the groin had a history of misdemeanor arrests but oddly wasn’t due in court the day he was shot. At the time, his lawyer said she didn’t know why he was going to the courthouse that day.

On Aug. 18, 2017, 28-year-old Kenneth Williams was shot and killed a few blocks away from the courthouse after an appearance in which he pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving on a revoked or suspended license, according to police and court records.

Police have said Williams apparently got into an argument with someone as he left the courthouse. He was in an SUV with a 26-year-old woman afterward, and they made it to about 31st and Rockwell streets when someone in another vehicle opened fire, striking Williams — who later died at Mount Sinai.

Chicago teen charged with sex attack on 7-year-old during livestreamed class

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A Chicago high school senior already facing felony gun charges is being held without bail after admitting to a sex attack on a 7-year-old girl that was livestreamed to her class, according to reports.

Catrell Walls, 18, was busted after his young victim’s teacher and classmates saw the alleged oral-sex abuse during a Google Meets session last Thursday in the city’s troubled South Side, the Chicago Tribune said.

The first-grade teacher yelled for the other students to log off — then saw Walls pick up the laptop and close it, prosecutors told his bond hearing Saturday, the paper said.

The girl, who was at a relative’s home at the time, initially told investigators that Walls “just hit her” — before admitting the oral sex was part of a pattern of abuse, the report said.

“The victim disclosed, ‘He made me put my lips on (him) and this has happened before, and I don’t want my daddy to know, it’s a secret,’’’ Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Andreana Turano told the court.

Walls was arrested the next day — and admitted to the livestreamed attack as well as others dating back to when the girl was 6, the court was told, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“I don’t know why, I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Walls told officers as he broke down in tears during his confession, according to the report.

It’s unclear how he and the victim are related.

Walls was already out on bond on a felony charge of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon following a recent bust for a loaded Glock, the Tribune said.

He was hit with the additional charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13 years old, with prosecutor Turano telling the court he showed “wanton callousness for human life.”

Judge Charles Beach ordered him held without bail, the reports said.

“This ongoing history of assault, for approximately a year, according to the victim, leads me to believe this is not something that will just stop because I have ordered it to,” Beach told him, according to the Sun-Times.

“This history and his actions from this case lead me to believe that he is a threat to an individual and the community as a whole.”

Walls’ defense attorney claimed he has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, which impairs his ability to control his impulses, the reports said.

Chicago Man Arrested After Allegedly Live-Streaming ATM Theft

Chicago police are thanking the public for their help in identifying a suspect accused of live-streaming his actions as he allegedly tried to break into an ATM Monday morning.

Police say that 20-year-old Arron Neal of Chicago was arrested and charged with felony counts of burglary and criminal damage to property in connection with the incident.

According to police, Neal filmed the alleged incident on a cellphone camera, smiling at the camera before hitting the machine with a hammer.

Authorities released footage of the incident on Wednesday, and say that within 90 minutes they had begun receiving tips that ultimately led them to identifying Neal and arresting him.

“I want to thank the community for standing up and speaking out against this shameful destruction,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said.

In the livestreamed video, multiple suspects were seen trying to break into an ATM in the 800 block of North State Street on Monday morning.

Chicago police put out a call for information in relation to the incident on Wednesday, and say they had taken Neal into custody by the next day.

“This is how it’s supposed to work,” Deputy Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said. “On Wednesday, I stood in front of you and showed a video, then less than 90 minutes later we started receiving tips on who this offender was.”

Eric Trump Says He Was Spit on by Restaurant Employee in Chicago

‘It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,’ he said.

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President Donald Trump’s son Eric says he was spit on by an employee at the Aviary, a cocktail bar in Chicago, on Tuesday night. The employee was taken into Secret Service custody but was later released.

“It was purely a disgusting act by somebody who clearly has emotional problems,” Trump told Breitbart News. “For a party that preaches tolerance, this once again demonstrates they have very little civility. When somebody is sick enough to resort to spitting on someone, it just emphasizes a sickness and desperation and the fact that we’re winning.”

The Chicago Police Department was on the scene and assisted the Secret Service with a “law enforcement matter,” CPD Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

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The Secret Service could not be reached for comment.

 

 

Police confronted over alleged ‘bait truck’ of Nike shoes left in black Chicago community

CHICAGO (WLS) —

There are calls for an investigation into a sting operation on Chicago’s South Side in which a train company used so-called “bait trucks” to arrest suspected thieves.

South Side activists say that action is deepening the divide between police and residents.

Chicago police said it was a Norfolk Southern Railway operation. That company confirmed it was working with CPD in the undercover sting.

Cell phone video, viewed more than half a million times, shows what appears to be at least a dozen officers in a covert sting. The goal, according to Norfolk Southern Railway, was to catch criminals stealing.

“Every day, unsolved murders. Drug infested. Prostitution, gang, infested and you would bring that type of element already in to a burning house,” said community activist Martin G. Johnson.

“I just felt it was unfortunate that we use our resources for this, when we are strained as it is with the police resources,” said 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer.

Sawyer was unaware this was happening and is outraged.

“As we’re trying to build trust between the community and police, this just tears it right apart,” he said.

“I’m out here every day fighting for the young guys in the Englewood community,” said activist Charles McKenzie

For McKenzie the undercover sting was a low blow.

Wednesday night Norfolk Southern released surveillance video it says shows men breaking in to a truck and taking boxes from inside.

In a statement the company confirmed it was working with Chicago police last week and “…conducted a joint surveillance operation to target individuals who have been breaking into freight containers at rail yards…”

“Youths were neither targeted nor arrested. The three individuals apprehended ranged in age from 21 to 59,” the statement said.

“How can we trust CPD when they’re doing things like that. And let me get this correct, every CPD not bad, you know we have some good officers that serve and protect well. Honestly. But when they do things like that, it makes all the rest of them look bad,” McKenzie said.

Norfolk Southern said three people were apprehended, and their ages varied from 21 to 59.

A spokeswoman also said the truck was unmarked and locked, and inside were retail shoes.

The ACLU condemned the operation tonight police should focus on reform and improving community relationships.

Chicago: 75% of Murdered Are Black, 71% of Murderers Are Black The numbers are horrifying.

After hearing about a woman attempting to start a sex-strike in Chicago, ultimately based on the Ancient Greek play Lysistrata, to end the gun violence, we thought it would be good to dig into the numbers a little bit. We wish we hadn’t.

Simply put, Chicago has a massive Black-on-Black murder problem. All of the data below comes from the Chicago Police Department. You can access it here.

In 2011, the latest data officially released by the Chicago Police, there were 433 homicides. Of these, just 128 (29%) had a corresponding prosecution.

VICTIMS

83.4% of deaths were from shootings, 6.7% stabbings, and 6.5% assaults. Of the 362 firearm homicides, 351 (97%) were from handguns. 77% of all homicide victims had a prior arrest history. Victims were 90% male.

Victims by Age:

Victims by Race:

What stands out the most looking at both charts and knowing that 90% of the victims are male is that a lot of young, Black men are being killed in Chicago. No race comes even close to overall deaths by homicide. Keep in mind that based on 2010 Census numbers, only 33% of Chicago’s population was classified as Black.

OFFENDERS

In 2011, there were 140 convicted offenders for the 128 victims with an associated prosecution. There were more offenders than victims because 10.7% of homicides had two offenders and 10.0% had three or more offenders convicted. 87% of all offenders had a prior arrest history. Offenders were 88% male.

Offenders by Age:

Offenders by Race:

The data on offenders also tells a troubling story: Young, Black males are overwhelmingly committing most of the murders. Based on the data on the victims, that means young, Black males are primarily killing other young, Black males. What a terrible situation.

Now, we can and should debate about the causes, but let us just say that it’s hard to believe that racism is the root of it. Yes, some will argue that systemic racism traps Blacks in poverty, but does that explain why Blacks would seem to target other Blacks with such overwhelming violence and frequency compared to any other race? Furthermore on the race issue, it’s interesting to note that the Hispanics seem to actually murder more than they are murdered, while both Whites and Blacks are indeed murdered more than they murder.

Looking at the troubling statistics, is it reasonable to be reminded of Don Lemon’s (a Black, CNN anchor) somewhat famous and controversial comments during the George Zimmerman acquittal in 2013:

“‘Black people,’ Lemon said, ‘if you really want to fix the problem, here’s just five things that you should think about doing.’

The No. 1 item on that list — ‘and probably the most important,’ he said — had to do with out-of-wedlock births.

‘Just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should,’ Lemon said. ‘Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues.'”

What Lemon describes is a culture problem. It’s not that there isn’t culture, it’s whether or not it is the type that truly promotes human flourishing. Watching videos like the one below, our hearts go out to any mom or dad (hopefully, both) trying to raise a child right in such carnage.

Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Intellectual Takeout and a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota. Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis’ KTLK and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights by giving presentations to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation. Devin and his wife have been married for seventeen years and have five children. When he’s not working, Devin enjoys time with family the most while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.

Watch Devin Foley and Christina Hoff Sommers recently discuss the question, “Is there a war against men?

Nearly 40 Shot in 3 Days in Chicago!

New reports reveal a deadly wave of gun violence in Chicago. A 15-year old boy, a young mother, and even a four-year-old girl sitting on her porch have all been shot dead.

These are just a few of the nearly 40 people who were gunned down in Chicago over a mere three-day period this week.

This level of violence is usually not seen until the middle of summer in Chicago, but as temperatures reached into the 80’s this week criminals were drawn into the streets.

On Monday, one person was shot dead and nine others were wounded. A day later, 12 people were hit by gunfire in a 12-hour period.

However, Wednesday was the worst of all with at least 14 people shot in just nine-hours. This included a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head while riding the bus home from school.

A women is overcome with emotion upon learning that her two grandsons were found fatally shot in the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago. (Photo/Chris Sweda/AP)

Chicago police say most of the violence is drug related and involve gang members spraying bullets from their cars in drive-by attacks.

“The violence that you’ve seen in the last 24-hours over here is directly resulted from three different factions of the same gang,” explained Eddie Johnson, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. “I won’t name because I won’t let those names come out of my mouth, but suffice to say we have an idea of who’s driving the violence.”

In 2017 alone, the city saw more than 2,300 shootings resulting in 650 deaths, eclipsing the number of killings in New York and Los Angeles combined.

Those who think gun control is the solution may want to think again.

Chicago — the hometown of former President Barrack Obama — has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

The city’s current crisis could prove that taking away Second Amendment rights may not bring an end to gun violence.

In Chicago’s case, restrictions on firearms have been met only with a wave of senseless crime — meaning an increase in innocent unarmed people being robbed of their lives.

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