Chicago Anti-violence worker arrested on gun charges
Wow. Doesn’t get more ironic than this.
Prosecutors have filed felony gun charges against three men, including one who reportedly works as an anti-violence outreach worker, after they allegedly crashed a stolen Jeep into a CPD patrol car in the Loop on Friday evening.
Around 7:30 p.m., officers responding to calls of a man with a rifle near State and Lake were struck by a stolen SUV that they tried to pull over for having a broken windshield, according to CPD reports and prosecutors. The vehicle’s occupants ran from the scene, but cops arrested them nearby, a police spokesperson said in a tweet that included a photo of four guns officers allegedly found in the SUV.
Officers saw Antione Jackson, 19, holding an AR-style firearm in the front passenger seat before the Jeep crashed into a police vehicle, prosecutors said during a bond hearing Sunday afternoon.
After the crash, Jackson allegedly jumped out of the front passenger seat and ran. Prosecutors said he had 16 rounds of ammunition and the Jeep’s key fob in his pocket when cops arrested him.
He is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, criminal trespass to vehicles, resisting police, and possessing ammunition.
But his defense attorney painted a different picture of Jackson, saying he lives with his girlfriend and their two children while working as an outreach worker for CeaseFire Chicago.
Here’s what CeaseFire Chicago does:
Cure Violence (formerly known as CeaseFire—Chicago) is a Chicago, Illinois–based violence prevention program administered by the Chicago Project for Violence Prevention. Cure Violence uses an evidence-based public health approach to reduce shootings and killings by using highly trained street violence interrupters and outreach workers, public education campaigns, and community mobilization. Rather than aiming to directly change the behaviors of a large number of individuals, Cure Violence concentrates on changing the behavior and risky activities of a small number of selected members of the community who have a high chance of either "being shot" or "being a shooter" in the immediate future.
Yeah, I don’t think Antione‘s behavior is quite fitting here....
The activities of Cure Violence are organized into five core components, which address both the community and those individuals who are most at risk of involvement in a shooting or killing:
Faith leader (clergy) involvement
Police and prosecutor participation
The program aims to change operative norms regarding violence, both in the wider community and among its clients through community mobilization, a public education campaign, and mentoring efforts of outreach workers who attempt to influence beliefs about the appropriateness of violence. Outreach workers are charged with stimulating norm change among clients and guiding them toward alternatives to shooting as a way of solving problems. Outreach workers counsel a small group of young clients, who are recruited from the streets and not through institutions, and connect them to a range of services. The outreach workers also conduct a significantly high number of conflict mediations. The efforts of the clergy and residents of the community are also aimed primarily at norm change, both in the community and among clients of the outreach workers and other high-risk youths. Community involvement also targets the perceived costs of violence. The public education campaign seeks both to change violence-related norms and to enhance the perception of the risks of engaging in violence. In addition, the program provides on-the-spot alternatives to violence when gangs and individuals on the street are making behavior decisions. The program treats young people as rational actors capable of making choices, and the strategy is to promote their consideration of a broader array of response to situations that too often elicit shootings and killings as a problem-solving tactic. Violence interrupters work on the streets alone or in pairs to mediate conflicts between gangs and stem the cycle of retaliatory violence that threatens to break out following a shooting. Violence interrupters work the street at night, talking to gang leaders, distraught friends and relatives of recent shooting victims, and others who are positioned to initiate or sustain cycles of violence. Finally, the program aims to increase the perception of risks and costs of involvement in violence among high-risk, mostly young people. This reflects a classic deterrence model of human behavior, with risks such as incarceration, injury, and death highlighted for youth. Actions by the police and prosecutors, as well as tougher antigun legislation, are seen as targeting the risks surrounding involvement in shootings.
They really need to vet their people more it seems, as their own workers are doing the exact opposite of what they’re supposed to be doing it appears. Your tax dollars and money hard at work....