Here's a news report that's so full of sickening irony, one doesn't quite know where to start. Bold, underlined text is my emphasis.
3 anti-violence workers charged with felony gun violations — while on bail for felony gun violations
At least three men who are supposedly working to end gun violence in Chicago were charged with illegally carrying guns this week while they were already on bond for other felony gun cases. One of the men’s pending cases includes allegations that he shot at two people.
When Sendalio Williams, 25, appeared before Judge John Lyke on Saturday afternoon, it was the second time in four months that he stood in front of the same judge on a new gun charge ... Williams also appeared before Lyke on May 3. In that case, cops watching a CPD surveillance camera feed allegedly saw him fire a gun and jump into a black SUV ... Prosecutors said he admitted to police that he fired the gun in the direction of two other men ... On Saturday ... his defense attorney told Lyke he studied criminal justice at Westwood College and “works with CeaseFire to educate kids about gun violence.”
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Also appearing before Lyke on Saturday was 41-year-old William Jenkins, who has worked for two years “canvassing neighborhoods and high crime areas to cut down on shootings,” according to his public defender.
Police allegedly found a loaded handgun with an extended ammunition magazine sticking out of a backpack between the front seats of his car during a traffic stop on Friday. Jenkins, who received a 20-year sentence for attempted murder in 1999, has a pending unlawful use of a weapon by a felon case, prosecutors said.
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Last Sunday, Darnell Hite appeared for a bond hearing in front of Judge Charles Beach.
When police pulled Hite over for a traffic stop near the Magnificent Mile around noon last Saturday, he reached into his fanny pack to get his license. That’s when police allegedly saw the butt of a handgun sticking out of the bag. According to court records, Hite already has an unlawful use of a weapon case pending from June 2020.
His defense attorney told Beach that he’s married, “works outreach to stop violence,” and is an active church member.
There's more at the link.
Speaking as a retired pastor, allow me to assure you: if any of these three "innocent little baa lambs" had been in my congregation, and had tried to use their alleged "faith" and church attendance as features of their criminal defense, I'd be the first to appear in court and quote to the judge a few selections from Scripture about their attitude and behavior. I might emphasize Matthew 23:27-28. It seems to me to be a pretty accurate assessment of their behavior.
Both as a pastor and as a prison chaplain, I never ceased to be cynically amused at the number of "anti-violence" and "community development" groups, outreaches and workers who were themselves hardened criminals, and whose behavior over time demonstrated conclusively that their only interest in "reaching out" to their communities was to gather groups of like-minded people to work together to commit more crimes. In effect, they were hunting for future gang members to influence and lead - and, in their mostly inner-city environments, they usually found fertile ground for their lies and deceptions. Talk about hunting over bait!
As for a "justice" system that ignores reality by letting such offenders out on bail, only to reoffend again and again . . . the less said about that, the better. I will point out that such a "justice" system is almost bound to result in people taking the law, and justice, into their own hands. I've seen that in action, too. If people know that the criminal they've just caught red-handed will be given a slap on the wrist by activist prosecutors and/or judges, and be back on the street within hours or days, they're more likely to say "The hell with that!" and not bother to call the police to arrest the perpetrator. Instead, they'll ensure, the hard way, that the criminal doesn't get a second (or third, or fourth, or umpteenth) chance. Alternatively, they'll turn to vigilante justice rather than organized criminal prosecutions to deal with crime. Vigilantes tend to be a lot less concerned with the balance of evidence and cold, dispassionate analysis, and a lot more into hot-blooded judgments and swift, summary punishment. All over the world, in all sorts of circumstances, we've seen that play out.
As for the three "innocent little baa lambs" in Chicago . . . one trusts something appropriate will happen to them, one way or another. I'm sure the people of Chicago would agree, even if the local justice system wouldn't.