Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Man Charged With Halsted Mugging Is No Stranger To Robbery, Prison, Or Boystown

A collection of Edward R. Smith's mugshots | Chicago Police Department
Edward R. Smith, the 22-year-old charged with robbing a man on Boystown’s Halsted bar strip last week, is no stranger to being arrested, to robbery, or to prison, according to court records.

Back in 2012, he reportedly beat up and robbed a passenger on-board a CTA bus in the 3500 block of North Ashland. The judge gave him a gift in exchange for his guilty plea: Three years of probation instead of prison time.

Just four months later, Smith was arrested for shoplifting at Macy’s on State Street—that's not how probation is supposed to go—and he was sent off to serve a three-year prison term.

Released after serving a fraction of his sentence, Smith has been arrested four times in the past two years, according to Chicago police records.

Two of those times, he gave his home address as The Center on Halsted—-a massive LGTBQ service agency at 3656 North Halsted.

And one of those arrests was for battering another client inside the Center itself. Charges were dropped when the victim failed to appear in court.

Funny Story…Or not so funny, we suppose.

At a CAPS meeting last August, a resident asked why criminal arrestees list local service agencies such as the Center on Halsted as their “home.”

Officer Tom Walsh, who was leading the meeting, stated that he had been in the police district for many years and he had never seen the Center on Halsted listed as an offender’s home address.

A CWB Chicago editor in the audience rolled his eyes at that statement. Smith had used the Center as his home address twice already in 2016.

When Walsh is not working for the police department, he runs a private security firm. The firm received $137,850 from the Center on Halsted for security services in 2014 and another $136,793 for security services in 2015, according to the Center’s tax records. Last year’s tax information is not yet available.

19 comments:

  1. These are "Just transient youth, that's all". Ya'll are so rayciss!

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    1. "Crimes of Survival" are not crimes at all, according to the leadership of CoH's neighbor institution, BYC.

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    2. And most of the businesses and their employees along the strip.

      "Thanks and please come again".

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  2. Hey Walsh ---you are a lying disgrace.
    Seriously YOU are what's wrong with Chicago.
    Not that you'd care. But just know how true it is.

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    1. Walsh isn't the problem. Stop blaming cops for shit.

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    2. "Walsh isn't the problem. Stop blaming cops for shit."
      --------
      Ok Captain Hard of Thinking, try this on for size:
      - Nobody's blaming "Cops". We're talking about A cop.
      - The problem with Chicago is public officials who refuse to tell the truth.... About pensions or about crime.
      So where does Walsh fit in on that scale? Part of the problem....or not?
      Study hard. There might be a quiz.

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  3. Walsh you pathetic lying sack of shit. You are a bought and paid for ho.

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  4. Perhaps police officers can be prohibited from owning/running security businesses.

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  5. Safe haven for criminals! With the extremely close proximity to schools, I think actual offenses of residents at the flop house on halsted should be explored in further detail.

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  6. I was at the same exact meeting and almost dropped dead when I heard he never heard that criminals arrested used COH, Howard Brown on Sheridan, and the "Crib" on Addison as their residential address. If a Freedom of Information request was performed I can GUARANTEE you will see way over 250 thugs who have used these addresses as their "homes" in last past couple years. No surprise--- when he is on the COH payroll ---he will tell people to look the other way, there's nothing to see here.

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  7. WOW ! Seriously ? Officer Walsh is employed by the COH ? What happened to transparency and could this be considered a conflict of interest ?

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  8. How Walsh serving as a police officer while also running that security firm not a breach of law?

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  9. Since Walsh is so tight with the Center, maybe he can take these "youths"to his home, which I'm guessing if FAR FAR away from this hood.

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  10. Thanks CWB for posting all the looks (mugshots) because I've frequently seen him over the years by COH and in LV. Sad he keeps circulating out.

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  11. Out of curiosity, what did Smith list as his address when he didn't give his address as the CoH?

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  12. Are these mug shots or are they part of his audition packet for RuPaul's Drag Race?

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  13. You guys know the answer, it was in Robert Vacha's YouTube video. After you turn 25, social services are abruptly cut off. It's a major hole in our society. Thus, some youth need to use the Center on Halsted as their home addresses to combat this institutional racism.

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  14. The new Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx opposes prosecuting individuals for crimes if they are technically a juvenile regardless of the past behavior or the nature of their present crime. That message has been made loud and clear which is why we are seeing an explosion of car jackings and armed robberies and general mayhem in Lakeview and Lincoln Park. The police have no incentive to arrest them because the State's Attorney will not prosecute them. That being the case, the police only set themselves up for some sort of claim of false arrest. The world is turning upside down. But hey, keep paying those taxes with a smile on your face.

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  15. "When Walsh is not working for the police department, he runs a private security firm. The firm received $137,850 from the Center on Halsted for security services in 2014 and another $136,793 for security services in 2015, according to the Center’s tax records."

    Wow, mind blowing! The corruption of our bureaucracy is unlimited. I'd like to say, "only in Chicago," but this is widespread everywhere. Of course, the solution is raise taxes and give more power to the politicians, right?

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