Enlightening Commentary

Street Justice

Posted on February 8, 2017

Charles Bronson - Death WishWe suspect that stories like these are more common than reported and/or will become more commonplace as the CPD stays fetal.

“The shooting of a 17-year-old on Sunday might have been “street justice” for his attempts to break into a car, a police official said.

Speaking at a meeting of residents Tuesday evening, Near West Police District Cmdr. Ed Kulbida said the shooting near Racine Avenue and Huron Street came after the teen and someone else was seen breaking into someone’s car. They were followed and the teen was shot in the leg.

“These people in the neighborhood, they didn’t like that,” said Kulbida of the break-ins, adding of the pair, “I don’t think they’ll do that again.”

The police report said the shooting occurred at 5:35 p.m. and that the shots were fired from the back seat of a dark-colored car. The teen took himself to Stroger Hospital.

On Monday, some in a crowd of more than 250 residents in the basement of the Goldblatt’s Bros. Building, 1625 W. Chicago Ave., laughed at the explanation while others appeared uneasy.”

It’s likely that the neighborhood criminal justice system will provide a stronger deterrent against such future actions than Cook County’s.