by P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times

CHICAGO — The never-ending violence of gangland Chicago continues to reign terror in the hearts of residents. Last February terror struck the West Pullman area with the stone-cold shooting of two 11-year-old children. Sadly, this is not the first nor last time minors will be reported as shot at, wounded, or murdered.

In response to the tragic shooting of 11-year-old Ny-Andra Dyer, who was shot in the face at a West Pullman gas station, Chicago Police have launched “Operation Just Cause” to target gang violence. Police sources commented that OJC is based on the strategy to deploy CPD resources in response to identified gang warfare and when CPD officers and civilians are targeted or caught in gangland crossfire.
The February shooting of Dyer has now become part of a list of shootings and homicides plaguing the West Pullman area. As of March 7th, an 11-year-old boy was wounded in the left arm at 119th and Eggleston while in the “safety” of his mother’s car. The following day police were called to a double homicide at 119th and Michigan.

CPD targeted saturation of high crime areas was proven effective under former Chicago Superintendent Phil Cline and Garry McCarthy. According to published CPD statistics under Cline and McCarthy there were 700 less murders and 10,000 fewer shootings in a four-year period. It should be noted that shootings are up over 50 percent this year.

The cowardly shooters of 11-year-old Dyer have yet to be apprehended and there is a $40,000 reward for information that will help bring the shooters to justice. CPD believes Dyer was caught in the crossfire of the intended target, a common drug dealer from a rival gang.

Will “Operation Just Cause” prove to be a successful strategy as seen under Cline and McCarthy? Time will tell. Time will not tell for the trauma felt by two 11-year-old children caught in the crossfire of criminal gangs fighting to deal drugs— their lives are forever scarred. Time will tell if the residents of Chicago will continue to support the actions of Mayor Lightfoot and her continued decline in effective leadership.


by P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times

CHICAGO — Valentine’s Day murder suspect Calvin Jones was charged with the murder of Pierre Anderson after his cell phone was found at the scene of the Austin neighborhood murder in the 5900 block of West Bloomington Avenue. Chicago Police confirmed braggadocious texts found on Jones’ cell phone matched his statements to police about a “cheat code” magazine that allowed for extra 9mm rounds.

According to prosecutors, evidence from the cell phone confirmed Jones rented a Chevrolet Impala from Hertz that matched the car captured on surveillance video. According to CPD sources, Jones had rented the Impala in his name and returned it several days after the murder. Upon inspecting the Impala, investigators discovered 9mm shells matching the 23 shells scattered about the murder scene.

According to prosecutors, no eyewitnesses have come forward to identify Jones as the shooter, thus opening the arguments by Jones’ defense team that anyone could have used his unlocked cell phone and rented Impala.

Murder victim Pierre Anderson was in town for a family funeral and was shot twice in the back after Jones allegedly discharged 24 rounds.

Jones is currently being held without bail and is expected back in court on March 23.

Picture of Calvin Jones – CPD File


by P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times

CHICAGO — Robert Smith wrongly convicted and sentenced 33 years ago for a crime he claims he did not commit is suing the City and detectives implicated in tactics approved by infamous Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge for $66 million.

Smith’s attorney Stuart Chanen said:

“No amount of money will constitute ‘justice’ for what the defendants did to Robert Smith but the City could at least help bend the arc of the moral universe in that direction by admitting what these defendants did and compensating Robert for the 33 years of his life that were lost.”

September 19, 1987, Robert Smith, then 39, was arrested for the murder of his wife’s mother and grandmother. According to Smith, Chicago Police Officers brutally beat his chest and subjected him to threats and measured suffocation torture until he confessed. As a result, Smith was convicted of the double murders in 1990.

In light of the illegal torture tactics by disgraced CPD Commander Burge, now deceased, the Cook County special prosecutor made steps to vacate Smith’s sentence on Oct. 23, 2020. Burge was later fired in 1993 and convicted on two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of perjury in 2010.
Smith’s lawsuit seeks $33 million in compensatory damages and $33 million in punitive damages. Since 2018, Chicago has paid over $113 million in police misconduct related lawsuits.


by P. J. McNeal, The Chicago Times

CHICAGO — Convicted cop killers Veal and Hurst were paroled Thursday despite objections of law enforcement officials including Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

Cop killers Johnny Veal, 68, and now 74-year old George Knights, who remains in prison, were convicted of the 1970 murders of Sgt. James Severin and Officer Anthony Rizzato while residing in the Cabrini-Green public housing complex. Both cop killers were sentence to 100 to 199 years.

Joseph Hurst, 77, was also paroled by the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. Hurst was convicted for the 1967 slaying of Officer Herman Stallworth and the wounding of Stallworth’s partner after being stopped for a traffic violation.

When asked for comment former Superintendent Phil Cline of the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation said:

“Clearly, the intent of the court was for these murderers to pay for the lives they stole with life in prison . . . More importantly, allowing these men to be free sends a troubling message to the families of these officers that their sacrifice and the lives of their loved ones are somehow insignificant.”
Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was quoted describing the Sgt. Severin and Officer Rizzato slayings as “. . . a cold-blooded execution.”

Veal maintains his innocence in the slayings even in the face of solid evidence against him and fellow cop killer Knights. Foxx added that there is no evidence of police brutality in the interrogation of Veal and Knights by Chicago Police.

Hurst’s parole was also objected by Foxx in a letter sent to the board.

Hurst murdered Officer Stallworth after Hurst was detained in a street search. Hurst ran away firing at multiple officers killing Stallworth and wounding his partner in the face.

Hurst was handed down the death penalty after his conviction but dodged that fate after the U. S. Supreme court placed a moratorium on capital punishment. Hurst was handed 100 to 300 years in prison in place of the death penalty.

Pictures of Veal, Officer Rizzato, Sgt. Severin, Hurst, and Officer Stallworth

Convicted Cop Killer Johnny Veal
Officer Rizzato
Sgt. Severin
Convicted Cop Killer Joseph Hurst
Officer Stallworth