Democrats in Illinois have championed “criminal justice reform” for a long time now, implementing their Chicago-style policies state-wide where and when they could. What has been the result?
Well, a judge in Chicago sentenced a 17-year-old drug dealer to three years of probation for stabbing a 15-year-old boy to death last year. Seems the 15-year-old tried to swipe some weed and the drug dealer chased him down and punctured him repeatedly.
Chicago drug dealer, 17, is given probation for fatally STABBING boy, 15, in marijuana sale gone wrong after judge said he is ‘a bright kid with a bright future’https://t.co/x1E9lVb91D
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) December 16, 2021
From PJ Media:
The unnamed drug dealer pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree murder. Cook County judge Steven Bernstein told the 17-year-old murderer he was a “bright kid with a bright future” and gave the killer three years’ probation along with 100 hours of community service and told him that he and his parents need to attend therapy together.
Three years probation — no jail time — for murder. How is that even possible?
Well, it takes a woke, soft-on-crime prosecutor like Soros-funded Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to strike a plea deal for a reduced charge. It also takes a judge elected by 73.28% of Cook County voters to think that three years probation is a fair sentence for taking the life of another human being. Finally, it also takes the corrupt media to largely looking the other way.
Cook County residents are getting the policies of the candidates they elected. And they’re getting them “gooder and harder.” After all, 81% of homicide victims in Cook County are African-Americans, yet African-Americans keep overwhelmingly voting for these same anti-gun, anti-self-defense, pro-criminal politicians into office.
Given the anti-police, pro-criminal policies, violent crime now infests the Chicago region. As of this writing, Chicago stands at 835 homicides for the year and counting.
The city of Chicago has had more homicides than 47 entire states had in all of 2019.
As for those who don’t agree with the kinder, gentler approach towards violent criminals in Illinois and other violent hot spots, is it any wonder they’re voting with their feet and moving?
As for this case: I can’t imagine how Elias Valdez’s family feels. First, a drug dealer stabs their boy to death. Then a judge sentences his killer to a hug from grandma? Could anyone blame Elias’ dad for abducting the drug dealer and putting him through a wood chipper, feet first?
The reality is, when the “criminal justice system” slaps violent offenders on the wrist like this, victims and their families will be tempted to exact their own punishment in lieu of any expectation of reasonable sentencing. The more sentences like this are handed down, the more cities like Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia can expect exactly that to happen.
If I were on a jury, I know I’d vote “not guilty” with a giant exclamation point if Mr. Valdez was caught pressure washing the dealer’s remains out of a rented chipper. So would a lot of other jury pool members.
This case serves as yet another reason why I carry religiously when I’m with my family. And you should as well. It seems a lot easier to strap on a pistol than to rent (and clean) a wood chipper.
Especially if you find yourself in Chicago because you have to live, work, or visit there.