Community Fights Crime – And Wins

Posted September 13, 2011

Thanks to our neighborhood and police from Districts 18 and 19, an individual with a history of 167 arrests and 19 convictions has been taken off our streets.

The man accosted 43rd Ward resident Colleen Day on N. Halsted St. in November 2010. The mother of one immediately committed herself to working with police, witnesses, and me in a dogged pursuit of justice, letting her friends and neighbors know about her court dates and asking them to come.  And they did.  Over 50 ward residents supported Colleen at various court dates. Twenty residents showed up at the first date alone.

In our crowded local courtrooms, where 150 cases might be heard in a day, our neighbors’ presence made a huge difference.  We insisted that the State’s Attorney fully prosecute this case – and they were pleased to do so, with all that neighborhood support.  After four court dates, the man was tried, sentenced and sent to jail.

You can help make a difference in other cases in our ward.  To participate in Court Advocacy, please contact Officer Incaprera in the 18th District Community Policing Office at 312-742-5778 (south of Fullerton), or Sergeant Lemon in the 19th District Community Policing at 312-744-5574 (north of Fullerton). And even more important, if you are a victim of a crime, and the offender is apprehended, contact me. Ward residents, and I, will support you all the way.

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