Saturday, December 20, 2014

DEVELOPING: Rahm's Son Robbed Near Family Home; Luxurious Police Service Given

UPDATE 11:05AM: Multiple city sources have now confirmed to CWB that the victim is Rahm Emanuel's son, Zach. Our original report from 4:14AM follows.

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VIP treatment was extended to a male victim who got mugged just yards from Mayor Rahm Emanuel's home Friday night and there are indications that the victim is a relative or guest of the mayor.

Police refused to say who had been robbed when a Sun-Times reporter inquired, but the most persistent rumor is that the victim is Emanuel's teenage son.

Officers stationed outside the mayor's home reported the robbery at 9:59PM after the victim told them he had been jumped from behind by two offenders near 4200 N. Hermitage. The mayor lives at 4228 N. Hermitage.

The offenders were initially described as two teen males of unknown race dressed in black and wearing winter hats. They were 5'9" to 6-feet tall, weighed 150 to 175 pounds, and fled in an unknown direction with the victim's gray iPhone. The description was updated later to identify the offenders as black males in their teens. (CPD case #HX548723)

This police pod camera—added after Emanuel was elected
mayor—hangs over the scene of last night's robbery.

Special Attention

CWB editors have heard Chicago police handle hundreds of strong-arm robberies in the 19th district over the past 18 months—including 2 others on the mayor's block. None drew the "special attention" of last night's incident.

While most strong-arm robbery victims are lucky to get the services of more than a couple of police units, last night's victim seemed to receive luxurious VIP treatment.

Most robbery cases go from 911 call to paperwork stage in less than 30 minutes—but last night's incident had a remarkable shelf life of over two hours. Among the unusual steps taken last night:

• 30 minutes after the incident, a 19th district lieutenant—a supervisory position that virtually never dabbles in routine crimes—pulled a patrol car off of its normal duties to assist with the robbery. (When the officers were perceived to have been slow in calling the station for their assignment, the lieutenant barked on the radio, "Have [them] call me NOW!")

• Nearly 50 minutes after the robbery, a sergeant sought information about the robbery's timing.

• The previously-mentioned lieutenant tried to contact the district commander to tell him about the very special robbery that had taken place.

• 80 minutes after the robbery, a sergeant asked to have the offender descriptions broadcast again.

• Two hours after the robbery, Sun-Times reporter Sam Charles went to the mayor's home and found multiple police units present, with a half-dozen cops talking to someone at the mayor's front door. Needless to say, cops don't usually have middle-of-the-night chit chats on the mayor's porch.

Officers refused to say who had been robbed, Charles says. [NOTE: Sun-Times has completely rewritten the story and changed the reporter's name from Sam Charles to Michael Sneed. Here's a cached version of the original report.]

Something's Different

CWB is aware of two other robberies on the mayor's block since last summer. Neither victim was treated to the pampering service provided to last night's victim.

• On August 22 last year, a man was robbed at gunpoint on the other end of the mayor's block, at Hermitage and Cullom.

• Another victim was robbed at the same intersection as last night's victim around 6AM on April 10.

None of the the offenders has ever been charged.

Mayor 5%

24-hours-a-day,  fully 5% of the 19th district's police manpower is committed to sitting outside of the mayor's house. Even when nobody's home. The city also installed police pod cameras at both ends of Emanuel's block after he won the 2011 mayoral election.
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81 comments:

  1. Maybe "hishonor" will finally pay attention and give us back the police force we had and really need , now that his ox got gored or came close to it.

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    1. Not a chance. He'll just take more of our cops to post around his house. He only cares about himself and not about us peons.

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  2. And in the blink of an eye, Junior is now a conservative. Welcome!

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  3. Whoops, better get the hell out of town and go to Chile where it's safe

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  4. Definitely feeling a bit of schadenfreude. However, my guess is now his block will get ALL of our police officers....

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  5. We are getting robbed and burglarized like crazy in Lakeview. Welcome to the neighborhood Rahm, why don't you do something about. Apple picking is a sport of no consequence in Chicago. Thanks to CWB for giving the offenders description. Who is ready to protest and block the streets?

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    1. Once again CWB is the FIRST to report the news and, I believe, the ONLY one to give a full description of the offenders. I haven't seen that anywhere else. Is it not very important to give full and accurate descriptions of perpetrators? I am perplexed by the majority of local (and national) media.
      Thank you, again, CWB. You rock!

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  6. I feel bad if it was Rahm's kid. I mean, his dad is a major league asshat but the kid didn't choose his dad. And the chutzpah of criminals for this is kind of admirable in a screwed up way.

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    1. I don't think these "kids" have any idea where the mayor lives...or any other bits of important information the rest of us know. It seems to be all about them and whatever strikes them at the moment. Sad, really. All very short-sighted.
      I hope Rahm's son will be okay and maybe persuade his dad to do right by the rest of us so we don't have to experience his same fate.

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  7. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Attacked yards from his home. In what's supposed to be a safe neighborhood. Welcome to OUR reality, Emmanuel family.

    Don't get me wrong, I feel terrible for his kid or anyone getting robbed, but maybe now Rahm will get his head out of his ass and hire more police. However, I suspect all that will come out of it is more cops on RAHM'S block.

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  8. As I do to each and every victim of crime in our city, I extend my sympathy to whomever was the victim of last nights' reported robbery tied to the Mayor. And I wholeheartedly agree with the initial comment hoping that this reported event will indeed help the Mayor see that we most definitely have a crime problem on the North Side of his city.

    That said, let's hope that this comment section doesn't turn into one big Rahm bashing, as that won't result in one additional officer being hired in our area of the City.

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    1. Praising glory or begging won't result in more cops being hired either.

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  9. Greattttt. More Rahm special treatment ensues.

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  10. Any chance you can get a response from Pawar? Or did he already get is talking points from Rahm?

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  11. where was his detail

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  12. Feel bad for the son since he didn't choose his father. But I feel worse for all the other victims in the city that have never had on the block police protection and an all out response to their crime.

    Rahm, you have let our neighborhoods become the playgrounds for the city's criminals. You and your alder-stooges give nothing but lip service to our concerns. The judges your machine appoint never punish these criminals.

    You are lucky your kid was not shot by the criminals who prey on your constituents daily. You reap what you sow. So maybe you should look at your family and realize how lucky your are today and think about all those that have not been so lucky. Maybe you should look at your son and be thankful he isn't dead and vow to protect him AND the rest of us.

    But I know you won't because your have proven time and time again that the kind of man and leader your are not. You are neither a man or a leader. You are a political hack. I wish I could take back my vote. F' you Rahm.

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    1. Beautifully stated, Anonymous. I wholeheartedly agree.

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    2. I live, and have lived most my life 2 blocks from his house,
      even when I attended Ravenswood Elementary School in the 1950’s, and later attended Lakeview HS.
      And in the last few years Street Crime in this neighborhood have dramatically escalated.

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  13. Interesting how the Tribune is still doing their damnedest to ignore this story.
    They don't think we deserve or need to know. Disgusting. That's Chicago's news media.

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    1. shameful! what is their purpose if not to investigate and report news?

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    2. Who needs the Tribune when you have CNN?

      http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/20/justice/rahm-emanuel-son-robbed/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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    3. Who needs The Trib or CNN when we have CWB? First to report!!

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  14. I do not wish harm on him - he didn't choose his father, but now that it has "hit close to home". Question remains is whether Rahm is too much a narcissist to relate to even to this. My guess is that he will simply order a body guard and be done with it

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  15. I wonder if a gun was involved? Did the kid put his hands up? I really do feel sorry for the kid but this should become an issue in the mayoral election.

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  16. About two years ago during the height of shootings in Englewood, on a television news report, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he wanted to DISPERSE crime more evenly around the city. Evidently, we are just the recipients of crime being dispersed.

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  17. .... and then residents of Lakeview DISPERSE to the suburbs.

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  18. This is terrible that it happened to a kid who happens to be the mayor's son however, perhaps it can serve as some sort of wake up call for the emperor...

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  19. No matter how many cops police his block, the neighborhood still isn’t safe for his kids. The mayor and his family should move to the suburbs.

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    1. Unless you're being facetious and a smart ass which is totally acceptable, he can't move to the suburbs. City residence is required to be a city employee.

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    2. Try "Stop & Frisk" for 3 months and see if the death and crime rate go down. I would rather have my son frisked than dead. Come on communities wake up and quit donating your kids for the cause .

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    3. its interesting that this happened when several officers are stationedon the block

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    4. If he leaves behind a dress, he can still be mayor, right?

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    5. its interesting he had to go outside...across the street...in the cold...to make a phone call. Not good enough cell reception in that house? Hmmm....

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  20. It's not 5% of the 19th District's cops that are the mayor's bodyguards.
    They are a special unit that's not part of the district.
    I'm not saying that detail is too large, because it is, but don't conflate it with the district beat cops, because they aren't that.

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    1. You're mistaken.

      We did not say his bodyguards. We said 5% of the 19th district manpower is dedicated to sitting outside of his house 24-hours-a-day.

      The security detail that travels with him is a separate unit. Officers from the 19th district ARE taken away from neighborhood patrol to sit outside his house. 5% of them, to be exact.

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    2. Here they are in front of his house on Google Street View. http://i.imgur.com/aWcXZ0V.jpg

      And there they are in back of his house on Google's satellite. http://imgur.com/YsKgceN

      The 19th district officers dedicated to Rahm's house are assigned the 1926 detail. 1926 (sergeant); 1926A and 1926B (house cars). There is also a 1926C.

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  21. Lets spend some more money on another ice rink.

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    1. Yes, there must be some space some where in Chicago that doesn't have the name Daley on it.

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  22. But we've already learned that leaving a garment of clothing behind counts towards city residency. Well, for him anyway. Not for the unwashed masses.

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  23. I wonder if he'll turn this event into a campaign commercial to replace the one giving him credit for raising the minimum wage to $13 so some woman could buy her kids a Christmas gift (never mind the $13 rate doesn't kick in for a few more years, just in the details).

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  24. The kid's still alive, right? Not like the 15 year old shot point blank over his coat and dead in minutes. So I wouldn't feel too sorry for the kid because he'll have a replacement phone today, and police will be all over the area until Rahm and family leave for Chile (winter vacation, you know).

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  25. You're a total failure as mayor if your own child is mugged - on the same block as 10 police officers

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  26. Let's make hay while the sun shines. How many of you are writing to Tunney and Emanuel to let them know we are putting up with this BS all the time? Do it now!

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    1. Writing to Rahm or especially to Tunneys is an exercise in futility. It is just about guaranteed you will not get a response. If you post questions/comments on Tunneys facebook, it is usually quickly deleted. We're fucked in this neighborhood.

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    2. To get his attention, it would have to be a major, insulting, personal, vitreolic letter, sent FedEx letter, and cc the world, including the Illinois AG, National Guard, and FBI, with threats to sue him personally for loss of property values based on his reckless policies..

      The robbery near MB bank on a Saturday afternoon is a bigger wake up call. It was not a back alley, not late at night.

      The area is not safe anywhere, anytime.

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  27. Now maybe Rahm will support Concealed Carry!

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  28. i had the unpleasant assignment of dealing with him at a lake view school where he was visiting to take credit for something he had no role in. he hurried in, said nothing to the assembled school staff and parents (except when the tv cameras started rolling) and during his short tour of the school literally did not say one word (hint: the school was not lab, in which case he would have perked up a little, i'd guess). his physical body may live in chicago, but his mind and aspirations are elsewhere. he is not a real chicagoan and i hope he runs for president or whatever his end-goal is sooner than later. like an earlier poster, i wish i could revoke my vote for him. this time around i'll vote for the lesser evil.

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  29. why did the kid have to step out of the house to make a phone call. that in itself is fishy.

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  30. Two words for Zach...Krav Maga

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  31. NBC reporting the cameras on the block weren't working...so there's that...

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    1. Oh how convenient.

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  32. If he can't protect his own son, can he protect Chicago?

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  33. I thought the family was in Chile?

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  34. This crime could have been prevented if the boy's father would have installed a red light camera near his residence.

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  35. It's really pitiful how so many posters have this double standard in this case, almost expressing glee.

    Many post here in anger at the "blame the victim" posts when a drunk kid listening to music on ear buds is mugged. Yet in this case it's blame the victim with unfounded comments..."why did the kid have to step out of the house to make a phone call. that in itself is fishy."...where is the verified reporting that he "stepped out of the house to make a phone call"? Or this..."its interesting he had to go outside...across the street...in the cold...to make a phone call. Not good enough cell reception in that house? Hmmm...."

    According to reports, this took place across the street and down a couple of residences from the Mayor. Was the kid walking home from a neighbors' house? Was he coming from the corner store where he was buying condoms for his trip? Had he been out for a run? Seems that we don't know, so perhaps the posters who want to have different "blame the victim" rules because they hate the father of the victim need to take a deep breath and stick to facts rather than unfounded trash.

    DISCLAIMER: Voted for Rahm, disappointed on untold levels with his mayoralty, and unlikely to vote for him again.

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  36. The kid left the house to make a phone call because he is a 17 year old kid and didn't want mom, dad, siblings, or anyone listening to him. For whatever reason. To talk about some girl. Share homework. Just to hang out. Or any nefarious reason you all might come up with. Could be totally innocent, could be he was running some super secret crime ring or drug cartel. *sigh*

    I feel badly for the kid. Period. I've not been mugged. I have been privy to gunfire outside my front window. It is plain ol' scary. And, let's face it, whether you agree with it or not, the kid has lived a privileged and protected life. Probably making it all the more terrifying. Let the kid be, unless it is learned otherwise. Go after the Rahmfather all you want, though. This is of his doing. And the irony that it happened to his family, not lost on anyone. (hopefully) Thankfully, the child escaped largely unharmed. Unlike so many other victims across the city.

    I would love for this to wake up Tiny Dancer, but instead, I fear the helicopter I keep hearing going back and forth now is merely more money and time and effort and force spent to protect the Dictator.

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  37. I live about 4 blocks west of Rahm, have all the helicopters this afternoon and evening been for news coverage? Back and forth overhead heading slightly northwest. Maybe it is increased police presence. Ha.

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    1. I've heard it as well. Assumed it was news but actually think it was a "show of force" type thingy (ala Pride Parade).

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  38. I was amazed the Emanuel family found a doctor who made house calls. Anyone else would have to wait and wait and wait in an emergency room

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    1. anyone else would have been lucky to even get a squad car within 30 minutes. If the offenders aren't actively on scene, it's a non emergency. You're added to whatever backlog our understaffed district is working with at that time.

      Something about the story is still not adding up.

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    2. "Something about the story is still not adding up."

      Maybe you were educated using Common Core math.

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    3. Or the fact that young Zachary was making a phone call to.. Oh wait, he won't say. Because he was buying a little something something that comes in a small zip lock bag. That's why they scrubbed his phone immediately, and why he has been uncooperative with detectives since the start

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    4. Go to secondcitycop.blogspot.com and you'll see few cops believe this "story."

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    5. i've seen several references to the kid's phone being wiped clean of history for whatever, didnt the reports say his phone was stolen? kid got jumped a few doors from home by amish students? that dog dont hunt.

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  39. Welcome to the party pal!

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  40. So does he still believe that crime in the city is on the decline?

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  41. I dont think they can retain coppers in that District long enough to even learn the streets.

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  42. This man is ignorant and smug to begin with to think he could live in the middle of a quiet residential hood believing it to be acceptable for his neighbors see cop car motorcades several times a day, everyday of the year, with inviting crazy people and political "organizer" weirdos from around the world and south and west sides of the this city endangering lives of normal families who just want a quiet block once again. He should have never lived here to begin with after winning, and his neighbors are really getting fed up it now. Think about it, his own neighbors talk to each other and express a common theme: they're not even voting for this guy. Wake up Mr. "King Emperor", Move! Move to some Downtown Penthouse condo and leave us in peace once again. If I wanted to live next to some Hollywood star struck elite class who live in a bottle pretending to be like the guy-next-door, I'd move to Hollywood and be neighbors with your billionaire brother and their likes.

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  43. The mayor has been unwilling to subject his children to the reimagined public schools that he featured so prominently in his campaign four years ago. Word on the street is that the young man has been experimenting with illicit substances for the past several years, not unlike his suburban father who experienced high school with kaleidoscope eyes in New Trier.

    You do not call a dealer from your parent's house.

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  44. Prior to the mugging, in an article in the Chicago Sun-Times Emanuel said - “This is Zach’s last year before he goes off to college — if I don’t kill him before he goes there,” he said then. “But that’s a side note. That has nothing to do with the vacation. That just deals with having a teenaged boy at home.”

    Karma rules.

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    1. Zach probably now wishes he lived back in Skokie or Evanston.

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  45. The officers at Second city Cop report that Zack Emanuel has been having a major drug problem for at least three years. Zack came home acting crazy and belligerent. He refused to answer questions from the officers. He was at a party and it is believed his tooth may have been chipped at this party. Zack either would not or could not tell what happened at the party. Dad wiped the phone before detectives could access data or track its location, obstructing any investigation.

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    1. This is just the sort of post that has made alot of blogs stop allowing comments. No proof, no basis in fact, just more crap from people who couldn't care less about the real problem we face in this area but would rather rip on the Mayor.

      If I read this properly, what the poster is actually proposing in this post, by his comment that "dad wiped the phone..." is that there was no mugging, no phone was stolen and that the Mayor and/or his wife had their detail help with an out-of-control drugged-up kid.

      We have a serious problem throughout the whole North Side, made worse by the Emanuel budget that has reduced the number of cops in the City, but this sort of trash does nothing to solve anything going on.

      It's why bloggers cut off comments before people who genuinely care just quit the blog.

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    2. Phones can be "wiped clean" remotely by the owner(s) of the phone to prevent thieves from accessing personal information. It can also be wiped for other reasons.

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    3. Above poster is combining several posts into one. One comment on SCC noted that they had a close relative who had a mutual friend with Zach. That person noted that Zach has had a known issue with drugs for at least 3 years. I can back that up as I also have a teen who knows Zach and says it's well known he has "issues with alcohol and drugs." Anyway, the cop on SCC said as soon as they heard about the robbery, they figured Zach tried to f-over his supplier and got tuned up. Probably buying weed for his trip figuring daddy's position would mean no searches at customs. Supposedly, the detectives listed him as an uncooperative victim on their report.

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    4. HEAVY DUTY IF THIS IS TRUE AND A COVER UP IS ENSUING! Who is going to really investigate this??

      The cover up in this case would be much more than the crime, though...if any of this is true...the crime in and of itself is significant.

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  46. For the person who mentioned concealed carry, I wish this could be used as an example. Zack is 17. Applicants need to be 21 to carry concealed in Illinois. This is the same as the states that appreciate our constitutional freedom to keep and bear arms. Utah and Arizona require people to be 21 or older to carry concealed. Some states like Utah, Oregon and Ohio allow those 18 to 21 to carry openly, which enables highly mature people to enjoy their constitutional rights earlier. Only some small states like Vermont drop the carry age down to 16. For most of the country, it is 18 or 21. At 17, Zack Emanuel would not be eligible to carry in almost all parts of the United States, even if Dad loved the idea. Concealed carry laws enjoyed by most Americans would not have benefited Zack because he would be too young to carry under nearly all of those laws.

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  47. How is it possible that the Police camera guarding the mayor’s home was not working? I will bet it was working and captured something that is being hushed up. Maybe they don’t want the perps to know that the Police know what they look like or maybe a coverup involving Rahm’s son. Could be Rahm’s CameraGate. If those video files exist I hope they come out.

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  48. I was mugged at 57th and Woodlawn near the University of Chicago in July 1971. The memory of it never goes away.

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  49. There is crime aplenty in both Evanston and Skokie, so I do not see how a change of address would have benefited Zach Emanuel.

    Evanston has something in common with Chicago in terms of policing: the police department and the city have been constantly accused of underreporting criminal activities and skewing reports. It would never do to let university students know how much criminal activity takes place in Evanston.

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  50. Emergency room ??? Son was under the influence and they did not want that made public. Dr. made a house call.

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