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Monday, February 13, 2017

Prosecutors Go Easy On Man Found With Guns Near Rush/Division

Chicago police say they found a stolen handgun, several magazines, and nearly 100 rounds of ammunition when they stopped a south suburban Lansing man near Clark and Elm streets.

But, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office refused to pursue felony charges against the man, citing “insufficient evidence” that he knew that the firearm was stolen, according to a police source.

Police stopped 23-year-old Tarik D. Coleman outside of Table 52 restaurant around 3:40 a.m. on January 26 because the Mercedes he was riding in had expired plates, according to court records.

Coleman | Chicago Police Dept
Cops say Coleman removed a Glock 27 .40-caliber handgun from under his seat during the stop.

Coleman was detained, and police reportedly found a 9-millimeter handgun in the vehicle’s glove compartment.

“Those guns are mine. The Glock and the nine. I bought them at Cabela’s in Indiana,” Coleman allegedly told police. “Don’t put them on anyone.”

An investigation found that the 9-millimeter had been reported stolen from Mooresville, Indiana. Coleman changed his story to say that he bought the stolen gun “on the street from some guy in Chicago Heights,” police said.

He also changed his story about the Glock, saying that he actually bought it from a store near Brookfield Zoo, according to cops.

The vehicle search also turned up six magazines for the guns; five 9-mm rounds; 63 .40-caliber rounds; 26 .45-caliber rounds; and two 20-gauge shotguns shells, according to police inventory records.

After felony charges were declined, Coleman was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm and released on a $1,500 recognizance bond.

According to court records, Coleman has a valid Firearms Owner Identification Card, but he does not have a concealed carry license.
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23 comments:

  1. U nfkingbelievable. All the gun control talk in this town and when you catch a guy with illegal guns what happens?? Crook County Probation every time.

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  2. Has a stolen gun in the car and get off with a slap on the hand. He should have been charged with a Class-X gun crime 5 years and no more FOID. The problem with our system is the nuts are now running the nut house.

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  3. What is the over/under on the time before this guy commits a violent crime on the North side?

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  4. Unfrigging believable.....free on a $1500 recognizance bond!!!! Does anyone in this damn city give a shit about keeping these thugs locked-up? This must be completely demoralizing to our fine police who are already dealing with morale issues. What's the point in making arrests if this is the end result. I'm as liberal as they come but we gotta have harsh sentencing laws ASAP or I'll soon be another taxpayer fleeing this disgrace of a state.....shame on Illinois

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    1. If you are "as liberal as they come," but want harsh sentencing laws, then you are not liberal at all.

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  5. Good thing Kim Foxx was elected, not.

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  6. 5:55:00 you said it all "KIM FOXX" !!!! Welcome to 2017 in Chicago !

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  7. I did not vote for Kim Foxx for Cook County State’s Attorney... not my State's Attorney! She and former Anita Alverez represent the nonsense we live with in Chicago.

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  8. Did they return his guns and ammunition and apologize?

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    1. Yes. Also, Toni P and Ms Foxxx gave him a pat on the head and an $11 gift certificate to Burger King - as is customary for all felony arrestees these days.

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  9. I would love to see them throw the book at him, but changing his story about where the guns came from does not establish that he knew the guns were stolen.

    A felony charge for possession of a stolen weapon is not a strict liability crime, there must be mens rea, the prosecutor must be able to prove that the defendant knew the guns were stolen.

    Without that proof all the prosecutor would be doing is wasting time and money pursing felony charges for possession of a stolen weapon, especially for someone who has a valid FOID.

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  10. Contrary to popular belief based on the lies the gun control advocates tell he couldn't have bought them at the Cabela's in Indiana as an Illinois resident. He would have had to have them shipped to an FFL in Illinois, have a FOID card, pass the background check, and wait 3 days. His story was nonsense from the beginning.

    And I guess it doesn't matter anyway, unless they catch him actually shooting someone there's no consequences in Cook County because enforcing gun laws is racist.

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  11. And people keep blaming the police. The judges are the problem in the Illinois legal system. Not the police. Police can only do their job and make arrests. The judges keep putting them back on the streets.

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  12. What we need are more gun laws!-- More gun laws that won't be inforced but make the liberals feel safe. The cops do there job, Foxx turns them loose. When this guy shoots and or kills someone the blood will be on her hands.

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  13. Remember, gun control only exists for law-abiding citizens, not the criminals, in this cesspool.

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  14. FYI, an Illinois resident CANNOT purchase a handgun in another state (Cabelas in Indiana)...................

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  15. Insufficient evidence = lying to police and possessing a stolen weapon? Ummm what? I believe every weapon sale in Illinois must be filed with the state with FOID documented for both seller and buyer or felony charges filed. The crime here is not charging this dude with at least one felony. Also without a concealed carry the guns have to be in a secure compartment in a vehicle and unloaded. Under the seat is not allowed the way the law reads. Unreal.

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  16. The superintendent apologized and the officers will probably have to answer to a complaint registered against them and the arrested will be involved in a killing within a week! More dead children, but hey we need more gun laws right?

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  17. This has to be fake news. I mean, you have stolen powerful weapons with ammo and you get to walk home? There should be a massive penalty for this. I am really pissed about this.

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  18. Did special Ed strip the officers involved ?

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  19. (720 ILCS 5/24-3.8)
    Sec. 24-3.8. Possession of a stolen firearm.
    (a) A person commits possession of a stolen firearm when he or she, not being entitled to the possession of a firearm, possesses the firearm, knowing it to have been stolen or converted. The trier of fact may infer that a person who possesses a firearm with knowledge that its serial number has been removed or altered has knowledge that the firearm is stolen or converted.
    (b) Possession of a stolen firearm is a Class 2 felony.
    (Source: P.A. 97-597, eff. 1-1-12; incorporates 97-347, eff. 1-1-12; 97-1109, eff. 1-1-13.) Listen...sucks this guy was let go with a slap on the wrist but the law is the law. If there was no altered or removed serial number then there is no proof he knowingly knew the gun was stolen.

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    1. Wrong, counselor. Read (a) again....for meaning this time.

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    2. A love a debate. How would have this fine outstanding citizen knowing know that the gun was stolen? I'm assuming the serial number was intact due to the fact they were able to trace it. Buying it off some random guy doesn't automatically prove its stolen in a court of law. Common sense says yes... but that doesn't hold water in court. As Luckman would say...no probable cause for a felony charge.

      I'm not disagreeing that this idiot probably was in possession of a stolen gun, but we as citizens still have the right to a fair trial. We cant pick when and where or who gets those rights. Even the dumb criminals have a right to due process.

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