Rahm Plays Innocent
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday defended Ald. Howard Brookins’ simultaneous right to be a defense attorney representing gang members and an alderman turning up the heat on Police Supt. Garry McCarthy to reduce gang violence.
Emanuel washed his hands of what Brookins (21st) considers a blistering and unfair attempt to dirty up and shut up the chairman of the City Council’s Black Caucus by portraying him as a political hypocrite.
Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed reported Sunday that Brookins was “undermining police action” against the gang violence triggering Chicago’s homicide rate by “talking out of both sides of his mouth.”
Sneed reported that Brookins recently got 2010 gun charges dismissed against Kerry Stinson, 46, described in police reports as a member of the Gangster Disciples/Black P Stone nation with a lengthy arrest record.
But now he's pure as the driven snow, right Howard?
- Brookins welcomed the mayor’s support and said he blames “someone at the Police Department” — not Emanuel or his political operatives — for the failed attempt to discredit and silence him.
[...] Brookins noted that the example used to discredit him includes an “innocent” man.
“I could see if they had picked somebody I might have represented who was clearly guilty and shot a cop. But why would they pick somebody who was not guilty? Why can’t they accept the fact that he had a right to competent representation and that was found not guilty?” Brookins said.
"Not guilty" is a bit different from "innocent," Howie. But we don't have to be lawyers to tell you that, do we?
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