There's a guy on a gun board I'm on who had a heart attack a few years ago. He was near death and pumped full of drugs and barely hanging on, was blathering incoherent nonsense because of that. The doctors put him in the mental health wing of the hospital for observation for a few days, he recovered fully. But because he had been transferred to the mental wing Illinois revoked his FOID card and he's been fighting to get it back ever since, spending tens of thousands in attorney fees in the process. It's fucked up. He never had mental issues. In fact prior to that he was an NRA-certified instructor.
Meanwhile they're letting gangbanging gun offenders walk the streets because of the new "affordable bail" program (which often means no bail, just an I-bond), and a lot of them are committing more crimes while out on bail. When they do get sentenced it's very light and they're back out within a year or 2.
It's absolutely fucking nuts.Man On Electronic Monitoring Had $255,000 Worth Of Dope In His Apartment, Prosecutors Say
Chicago police and federal agents say they found more than $255,000 worth of cocaine and pot when they raided Antwaun Walker’s high-rise apartment in the 300 block of East Wacker Drive. Over 14 pounds of marijuana worth $103,000 and nearly three pounds of cocaine worth $154,000 were recovered along with a handgun, according to prosecutors.
At the time of the raid, Walker was on home electronic monitoring awaiting trial on firearms charges, court records show. Hanging out in Walker’s apartment when police came knocking was Robert Robertson, a 27-year-old felon who’s on parole for a weapons violation.
Both men are charged with Class X felony manufacture-delivery of cocaine and Class X felony manufacture-delivery of cannabis.
Walker, 24, was the target of the search warrant that cops executed at 6:30 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. Police say he is a member of the Mafia Insane Vice Lord street gang. He had been on electronic monitoring since last March when he was charged with eight felony weapons charges after police said they found handguns in the car he was riding in on the West Side.
Judge Sophia Atcherson ordered him held on a $50,000 deposit bond for the narcotics charges. Judge Joseph Clapps then ordered him held without bail for violation of his bond in the pending weapons case.
While Walker served three years for aggravated battery of a police officer in 2011, he has also had some notable successes in Cook County courts.
In 2013, he was sentenced to three years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. The state dropped all charges when Walker appealed.
In 2015, prosecutors charged him with 10 felonies including being a felon in possession of a firearm while on parole after police said they (Wait for it!) found him with a handgun in a car on the West Side. The case went to a bench trial and Judge Alfredo Maldonado found Walker not guilty on all charges.
Robinson was paroled last June after serving 3-1/2 months of a one-year sentence for (It's true!) having two guns in a park on the West Side. The state has revoked his parole and sent him back to Stateville Correctional Center. He is scheduled to be released on June 10.
Participating in the raid were Chicago police gang enforcement officers and agents from the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
At least this time the Feds are involved so they probably get real time this time.
But Chicago pols are sticking to their catch-and-release policy.
Let's fuck with the law-abiding gun owners instead.