Suspects attempted to hijack the car of a member of Cook County Board Chairman Tony Prekwinkle’s security detail
A prominent Chicago Democrat who has denounced “systemic racism” in police departments and pushed to redirect funding away from law enforcement has suggested that he himself be attached to his security details late last month. Carjacking and shooting were victims in the incident – an incident that only became public knowledge on Wednesday.
Two suspects reportedly tried to hijack the car of a member of Cook County Board Chairman Tony Prekwinkle outside his home in Hyde Park on September 27. ABC7 Chicago reported. Prekwinkle, who was not harmed in the incident, addressed the situation earlier on Wednesday afternoon.
Republican Cook County Commissioner Sean Morrison told Granthshala News that commissioners regularly receive alerts for crimes and violence major and minor in the area, but that the incident remained a secret. He suggested that Prekwinkle may have covered up the incident. He also suggested that it was Prekwinkle’s hypocrisy to criticize the police while maintaining their own security detail.
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“I was at my house and I heard gunshots,” Prekwinkle said during a budget briefing on Wednesday. “I think it’s important to say that this is a pending investigation. I can confirm that there was a violent incident two weeks ago. A member of my security detail was sitting outside my house in his police vehicle.”
According to an emergency dispatcher on the night of the incident, a Cook County Forest Preserve police officer said the attackers “attempted to rob her, [and] He fired bullets at them.”
Leaving a shoe, the attackers fled. CWB Chicago reported. Shortly after the officer fired his gun, Chicago police responded to a call from a 19-year-old man with gunshot wounds to a nearby apartment. Officers entering his apartment found several pairs of shoes manufactured by the same obscure company that made the shoe that the police had left near Prekwinkle’s house.
After doctors treated the man with gunshot wounds to his knee, police arrested the man on an outstanding warrant as he failed to appear in court on a pending felony charge of possessing a stolen motor vehicle. Stayed.
“I think this incident underscores how close domestic violence is,” Prekwinkle said. “There has been an increase in crime in my own neighborhood in Hyde Park.”
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Morrison told Granthshala News in an interview Thursday that despite his brush with violence, the board chairman is “doubling down” on his anti-police agenda. He said Prekwinkle brought up the idea to “repurchase or re-source money for mental health programs from 911 boards” during a budget presentation on Thursday — the day she finally acknowledged the phenomenon.
“He’s an absolute gaslighter,” Morrison told Granthshala News. “This is nonsense.”
In July 2020, the Cook County Board adopted a symbolic resolution to withdraw funds from the police, a resolution that described policing as “a tool to preserve the institution of slavery in the 1700s, on the pursuit of fugitive slaves, and to stop slave revolts”. A tool for focusing”.
“I am here to reduce and redirect my investment in law enforcement,” Prekwinkle told reporters after the board approved the proposal. “Systemic racism is plaguing our communities. We are overly cop, and there are a disproportionate number of black deaths at the hands of the police.”
“Although she wants to discredit the police, the president’s protective details have only grown in size,” Morrison said. He blamed her for “hypocrisy”.
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Morrison claimed there was a “huge rift” between the sheriff’s office and the precinct, and the chairman of the board “silenced” her protective detail from other law enforcement offices.
He suggests that Prekwinkle may have hidden the incident as it is inconvenient for her political narrative.
“You either have to believe there are no policies in place for reporting the use of force, or you made a deliberate decision not to report it,” Morrison told Granthshala News.
He said he had asked the prekwinkle’s office and other departments about the incident, and he replied that the incident was “under investigation so I can’t talk about it.”
As of press time PreKwinkle did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
Morrison noted that Prekwinkle was framing herself as a “victim” while ignoring how her policies affected the true victims of Chicago’s crime spike.
During Tuesday’s board meeting focused on whether Columbus Day should become Indigenous People’s Day, Morrison lamented the board’s lack of focus on the violence in Chicago. “To date, we have 627 people killed in Chicago, 3,634 people shot in Chicago, 261 children shot, 41 of them killed – 17 and under,” he said.
Morrison told Granthshala News that the violence traces, among other things, to Prekwinkle’s rescue efforts. He said the areas affected by “inadequate funds” for police are “heavy communities of colour”.
“Their initiatives are hurting the very people they want to help,” Morrison lamented.
CWBChicago too informed of That a July armed robbery in which a member of Prekwinkle’s security detail stole his gun was “covered”.