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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

After Beating Off-Duty Cop Into Unconsciousness, Parolee Gets Time Served Plus 8 Days

 Wilson battered an off-duty officer into unconsciousness. | Wrigley image via Pandamic Photo on Flickr
A parolee who battered an off-duty police officer into unconsciousness near Wrigley Field in June 2016 has been sentenced to time served plus 8 days by Cook County Judge Earl Hoffenberg.

The 28-year-old officer announced his office as he tried to break up a dispute on the corner of Clark and Addison at 12:40 a.m. last June 26. According to witnesses and audio recorded on a nearby webcam, the off-duty officer intervened when a disturbance between two men and one of the men's girlfriend escalated on the southeast corner of Clark and Addison.

Tremaine Wilson, 30, blindsided the officer, knocking him out, according to witnesses and a police report. Wilson fled the scene and was arrested nearby. He was charged with six counts of aggravated battery to a police officer and two counts of aggravated battery in a public place.

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At the time, Wilson was on parole after serving half of an eight-year sentence for carjacking. Last October, his parole was revoked and he returned to prison to await the outcome of the Wrigleyville case.

Last week, Judge Earl Hoffenberg accepted a plea agreement in which Wilson pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated battery in a public place and the other six counts were dropped. Hoffenberg sentenced Wilson to supervised release and one-year in prison off-set by time served awaiting trial.

He was released the next day.

Brutal Sneak Attack

The officer suffered a concussion, facial injuries, and a cut to his head, according to a source. He joined the police department four years ago after leaving the Marine Corps as a sergeant, the source said.

On the webcam audio, a woman was heard encouraging her boyfriend to leave the officer alone on the street:

"He’s the police," the woman says before first responders arrive. "You can’t help him. He’s the police! The police ain’t helping nobody!"

Video reviewed by CWBChicago editors showed the intersection of Clark and Addison bustling with traffic at the time of the attack.

The driver of Yellow Taxi cab 4737 sat in his car on Addison staring directly at the commotion. Two other cabs were also seen driving slowly past the intersection, but their vehicle numbers are not identifiable in the video.
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34 comments:

  1. "and the other six counts were dropped." I know very little how these things work, was that the state's attorneys doing, or the judge's, or both? All I can think is that he gave somebody up in return for this BS sentence.

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    1. @Mike C - Basically instead of going to trial for all the charges, possibly dragging it out for years, and wasting alot of time and money, the state will offer a plea deal and say plead guilty to a couple lesser charges and call it a day. He gets out quicker instead of probably sitting in jail during trial and possibly doing more time if found guilty, and the State still gets their convictions. It takes alot of work for the state to find someone guilty beyond a reasonable doubt at times. They would rather just get what they can without much work and move on to the next one. Too may cases for the state to try and prosecute everyone for every charge especially in a big city like chi. This way everyone is happy, except for us normal citizens that have to deal with these pricks in the street. This happens in prob 80% of cases if not more. Extremely common.

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    2. From the previous article on this incident
      "The entire incident was captured on a Chicago Police Department pod camera at 12:41AM"
      From the above article
      "According to witnesses"
      That sounds like very good evidence. So just let the thug off easy and not "WASTE alot of time and money"

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    3. Does the victim get any say in the plea, or is it totally out of his hands. Meaning, does the prosecution say, "are you ok with us offering/accepting this?", or is it totally out of his hands?

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    4. Howie- unfortunately the victim has absolutely no say in the plea deal. All they can do is testify and help strengthen the prosections case. Victims seldom shown up in court to testify in fear of retaliation/and or having to take time off work to go to court.

      Mike c- maybe "waste" wasn't the right word to use. But use of time and resources is better said. Still, as good as video is for evidence, the case could drag out for a while. The state doesn't like dragging out cases. There's just too many of the them that land on their desk everyday. Just some of the disadvantages of living in a major city. There's just too many people and too much going on in a huge county like crook.

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    5. Prosecutors will ALWAYS be in contact with a victim before making a plea deal and will almost NEVER make a plea offer if the victim, especially an officer, isn’t ok with it. Anonymous above has no idea what he’s talking about.

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  2. Great Ward Ald Tunnochio! Of course he will blame the Cubs but it’s really more about the ilk of people he has attracted to the Ward with his head up his ass policy

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    1. Remember that a favorite phrase of Tunney's is "Everyone is welcome in Lakeview." Douche.

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  3. And another judge who shouldn’t be kept at election time.

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    1. I'm starting a list. I just hope we keep getting these judge's names. I don't care if the states attorney wanted this. The judges are complicit.

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    2. Yes. Judge Earl Hoffeberg. Thanks, CWB - I'll remember that name.

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    3. Yes, I hope someone is keeping a list and will circulate it prior to the next election.

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    4. You're better off not keeping a list and voting against ALL judges. Voting anti-incumbent is a good strategy.

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  4. As a combat veteran I must admit that at times I feared for my life but I knew that my weapon was as good as the bad guys had and that my back was covered. I really feel for this veteran. Couldn't defend himself. Who could when sucker punched and no one helps they just take videos. WTF? I am in the process of getting a conceal carry because I have that same fear when I walk the streets at night and wonder if the figures walking towards me are good guys or bad guys. These scum bags are not community members they come from all over the city to prey on us. The word is out understaffed police and easy pickings. It is time to take our communities back. Not with guns necessarily but through votes. Vote em out the judges, the aldermen and the mayor because what their mouth is saying their actions are doing just the opposite. I don't think asking for a just system and a safe community is asking for too much. Apparently our judges and politicians don't agree.

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  5. POS thugs and POS judges!

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  6. I know it's not much, but I think the judge should serve the eight days in a cell WITH Tremaine. Never too late to SMARTEN UP .

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  7. if I were a Chicago Police Officer, I'd have to ask why I am doing meaningless work.... this is why morale on the CPD must be at its lowest ebb. To see these miscreants walk free after committing this awful crime is again a national disgrace and should merit more attention....in most other states this offender would be locked up for 10+ years for assaulting a police officer.... where are you Rahm Emanuel? You really don't care, do you? Shame on Chicago

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    1. Ummmm.....I sincerely hope you're NOT just 'discovering' that Rahm couldn't give an actual shit about this city......well at least not the actual tax-paying citizens.

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  8. Just in time for the holiday season.

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    1. The CHRISTMAS Season!

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  9. Why not give the criminals a coupon for a free pizza and stop pretending justice was done. With this kind of punishment it's no wonder crime is out of control.

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    1. He will get his free pizza in Cook County Jail courtesy of Sheriff Tom Dart.

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  10. Wow. They don’t keep him on the parole violation. What is the point of parole in Illinois? If law enforcement isn’t protected what the hell happens to the rest of us.

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  11. We need a list of these awful judges to make sure they are not elected the next time around - really one year and he's out???

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  12. If the cops aren't safe then none of us are.

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  13. Chicago judges to vote out
    - Marvin Luckman
    - Joseph Panares
    - Catherine Haberkorn
    - Timothy Chambers
    - Earl Hoffenberg

    Chicago judges to keep!!
    no-nonsense Judge Peggy Chiampas

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  14. I don't know what disgusts me more - knowing this scumbag is walking the streets again or knowing my tax dollars are being used to pay the salaries of incompetent judges. Earl Hoffenberg should be ashamed of himself. I hope our brave police officers remember this if he ever needs their assistance.

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  15. This is the type of BS that allows POS like this assault a LEO and more or less get away with it a just a slap. This message allows other pieces of pond scum assault without fear. Remember this Judge when election time comes around. I WILL !!!!

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  16. This is a very vicious violent mentally ill criminal and we released him back into society to now prey on unsuspecting law abiding citizens who have no police training I fear for his next victim he will beat or worse to his next victim. We have to start putting thise monsters away for 25 year releasing them to the streets is not helping them and its making Chicago not worth staying in or creating a company in.


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  17. In the good old days this p.o.s. would have never made it to trial.

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  18. Why wasn't this maggot's Parole Violated and he sent back to do the remainder of his sentence, which is approx four years. PLUS, any time for new the new charges? This nonsense of pleading down to ONE reduced charge and 'time served' in county jail, and ignoring parole violations has to stop.
    As it is there's no deterrent to committing crimes. These thugs look at doing time in County as a vacation and time to get free medical and dental work done. Oh.... and the weekly Pizza Parties and Movies Tommy 'The Hobo' Dart throws.
    (will somebody PLEASE buy that guy a COMB!... with INSTRUCTIONS how to use it. He looks like a Wino!)

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  19. Maybe you officers will realize that it doesn't pay to get involved in "off duty" crap. Nobody cares if you're the police when working, let alone when you're off.

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  20. Maybe Anonymous above will realize that a police officer is ALWAYS "on duty". Which is why they are required to carry their badge and department ID with them at all times while in uniform AND on their own time.

    Police officers do not have the luxury of choosing what crimes to get involved in and what to enforce. This wasn't exactly a parking ticket. I know there's this fantasy among the ignorant that cops just pick and choose what laws they want to enforce, but the REALITY of it is quite the opposite of that.

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