A tragically sad story, no?
But, according to Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, the intended target apparently was the boy's father, Antonio Brown.
Chicago's ABC-7 reports that the elder Brown--active on Facebook under the name "Nephew Booboo"--is quite the entrepreneur. His now-defunct Facebook page was flush with coded ads apparently advertising a business of packaged marijuana and pills offered for delivery and paid for in $100 bills.The site also featured videos of Brown smoking as well as dozens of pictures of packages indicating what will delivered for street sale with a request for delivery information via Facebook mail. Brown's venture appeared to be booming, as his page also depicted wads of money, rolls of large bills, money being counted, and a video of Brown doing a cash dance in what is described as his new apartment.
According to the Police Superintendent McCarthy, Brown was a "ranking" gang member with a lengthy rap sheet consisting of 45 arrrests and 12 convictions, most for cocaine and heroine crimes. If the elder Brown had been in jail on gun charges instead of free on bond, McCarthy said, Brown's son wouldn't have been murdered.
Into the middle of that tragedy--which took place on the opposite side of the city from his neighborhood--jumped the Reverend Michael Pfleger, the outspoken activist Catholic priest.
I understand their frustration. This guy’s got a record. He
should have been kept in jail … I understand all of that.
Waving records of a rap sheet out--as a young brother
said to me last night, "This is why I don't talk to the police.
You see, they just put you out there."
I’m not defending the father. I'm just saying that I think we
can go too far in our accusations, and our condemnation;
you know, because we have to watch, because what it can
do is, it's bigger than this case, because it can send a
message, then, like that brother told me last night, "This is
why I don't talk to police.
The problems of the nation's inner cities--especially those that have contributed to the destruction of the inner city Black family for the past several decades--will not be solved if citizens don't talk to the police and cooperate with them. Fr. Pfleger admits as much when he suggests that the elder Brown is now going to feel like he has to retaliate:
Certainly that man is never going to talk to the police now.
If you put him out there on Front Street that he's the reason,
as the young brother told me, "He's got to do something now,
because his name is at stake. They've said that you're the
reason your child is dead, so he's going to feel like he's got
to retaliate now."
For decades, Pfleger has been a master in using street theatrics and the media to advance his activist agenda. But, he apparently doesn't much care for the Mayor's and Police Superintendent's street theatrics and use of the media, believing they won't improve the situation. Well, that's one citizen's opinion and Fr. Pfleger is certainly free to express it.
But, guess what? Chicago's ABC-7 is also reporting that Brown has met with police for what his attorney called a "significant period of time," although police have not verified that.
One central element of Fr. Pfleger's activist agenda has been the so-called "gun problem." The Motley Monk's opinion is that Fr. Pfleger would be much more effective as a pastor if he directly confronted the "sin problem" that's the source of all the evils plaguing the nation's inner cities. As the Reverend Wright once famously noted:
The chickens have come home to roost. Violence begets
begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. Terrorism begets
Let the discussion begin...
To read the CBS Chicago's Newsradio 78 report, click on the following link:
To read the ABC-7 report, click on the following link: