Thaddeus Jimenez won a staggering $25 million verdict in 2012 for a wrongful murder conviction in Illinois. Instead of building a new life, he used the windfall to rejuvenate his old gang, paying recruitment bonuses, buying guns and fancy cars, and even giving cash prizes to members. He is due to be sentenced today for an “appalling” shooting.
New York University and the Citizens Crime Commission use an “E-Responder” training “violence interrupters” to identify risky posts and communicate to young people the repercussions of aggressive online behavior.
President calls it a “great idea” to have authorities in violence-ridden Chicago sit down with gang leaders to discuss what a Trump supporter calls how to “get that body count down” in return for “social programs.”
Prosecutors have said for years that dismantling gangs is a key to reducing violence in Chicago, which reported a nation-leading 762 homicides last year. Jurors deliberated for six days before returning the verdicts against accused Hobos boss Gregory “Bowlegs” Chester, alleged hitman Paris Poe and four others.
Large, well-organized gangs built around drug dealing have splintered, and are now little more than cliques or sets, the New York Times reports. The Times spent several weeks with gang members–an experience that included days of boredom, punctuated by bursts of drama and bravado.