These four men have been arrested in a bizarre series of attacks on people where they drove up in a white stretch limousine and jumped out to assault pedestrians. Relatives insist that they were just shooting a video for a song called “Take a Sip” and got made when people spontaneously shouted racial epithets. The attacks occurred near my childhood home in Chicago in the Wrigleyville area.
Corry Simmons, 32, Donald Robinson, 31, and his cousin Edward Robinson, 31, are facing a variety of charges including felony mob action and aggravated battery. Alvin Goffin, 32, is facing primarily mob action charges.
The attacks were videotaped — undermining the claim of racial insults. Even if such insults occurred (which is not supported by witnesses), it is not a defense to a physical assault. Three men were injured and one was treated for a broken jaw. A police officer was also injured in taking one of the men into custody. That man, Simmons is now also facing a charge of resisting a police officer.
Before setting out on the videotaped outing, Edward Robinson promised something exciting on his Facebook and tweeted followers that “[t]his one gone be epic.”
Notably, five other men were in the limo and fled the scene. It would seem that those people should also be charged if found.
The increase in violence in Chicago — including a 38 percent increase in murders — has shaken the city. I speak daily with my mother who lives in the city with the rest of my family. She cannot recall anything like this since the mob battles of the 1930s and 1940s.
Frankly, the effort to excuse the conduct by family members in this case by claiming racial insults is troubling. There were multiple attacks that were videotaped. At some point, there is a need for recognition of personal responsibility by a family member for such conduct. All four men have criminal records and one of the victims was an off-duty police officer.
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If these doods were white they would have been given an aiding and abetting reckless driving ticket.
Good post, Faust.
How were the people they assaulted called “bystanders”? Weren’t they just people who were out in public doing what they had a right to do, when suddenly they get assaulted? Doesn’t by-stander imply that there is a crime being committed and some people are watching it? Their victims were just people minding their own business, right?
These guys look like the extras in the movie Keystone Complex To The Rescue.
This is why, on both sides, when it is real racist incidents, people just say ‘crying wolf”
“Even if such insults occurred (which is not supported by witnesses), it is not a defense to a physical assault”.
Unless you insult a muslim prophet, then it’s Aok
Family members are trying to game the system … acorns, trees etc.
I hope they throw the book at them.
Doing time…at taxpayers dime….
Just an update on the rap sheets for the “Wrigleyville Four”: Perp1. on parole, with 8 prior felony convictions; Perp2. on parole, with 3 prior felony convictions; Perp3. 5 prior felony convictions; and, Perp4. 1 prior weapons convction. The prior felony convictions included: armed robbery, burglary, aggravated battery, escape, possession of a bomb, and numerous weapons convictions. Source: Chicago Sun-Times, Dan Rozek, July 9, 2012 (online edition). Unfortunately, this is typical for the modern residents of North Lawndale (home to at least 3 of the Perps), a West Side neighborhood traversed by the Original Route 66 (Ogden Avenue), once the world headquarters for Sears-Roebuck, and the original musical stomping grounds of the “King of Swing”, Benny Goodman. Both Jonathan Kozol (“Savage Inequalities”) and William Julius Wilson (“When Work Disappears”) used this neighborhood for their respective laboratories. In fact, Wilson, a sociologist, coined the term “underclass” to describe the denizens of modern-day North Lawndale. Just a historical note to underline how a once proud and vibrant neighborhood has deteriorated to the point where its now known best for mayhem.
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