Baltimore- Two Baltimore detectives have been sentenced to seven years in prison. Detectives Hendrix and Ward were apart of the GUN TRACE TASK FORCE, where they joined other officers who were committing robberies for a number of years.
Hendrix and Ward apologized for the actions on Friday.
"I know my actions," said Ward, pausing to wipe away tears, "made the trust issues with the citizens even further than they were before."
"We would target large groups of males," Hendrix testified earlier this year, speaking about the task force's street tactics. "The understanding was the more people, you know, the more likely you are to run into someone who actually has something illegal on their person."
It looks as if they have been giving a shorter sentencing than what the guidelines called for. Instead of receiving 11 to 14 years, the two were given 7 years in prison which is much different than what Thomas Allers and Sgt. Jenkins received which was 15 years.
The reason for the difference in the sentencing is due to the fact that Allers and Jenkins were supervisors, so the government sought and obtained much more prison time for them. Another key factor in the different sentencing is that the Ward and Hendrix were not involved in any robberies before joining the Task Force with Sgt. Jenkins and being seen as two officers that were in a complicated situation in which they had succumbed to peer pressure.
This is gonna sound crazy. Just think about the way Trump just set free this woman who was supposed to be serving life behind bars. For all of the crazy things that Trump says, he has demonstrated that he has some good qualities as well. If he continues to make moves like this, Trump just may win over more Black people than anybody expected by the next election, just in time to win again.
If he can stay off of twitter and stop harassing NFL players that are protesting the injustices that are happening in America, he would really be able to turn the page on Democrats and put them in an awkward position. It is already being said that Trump has gained 12 points from the Black community due to his friendship with Kanye West.
I'm not saying he will win over all of Black America, that would be literally impossible. What I am saying is this, in politics, you have to learn to play the numbers game. If Trump won the 2016 election with no support from the Black and Latino communities than we can imagine what would happen if won over 12 percent more than before. As crazy as it sounds, it just may happen.
For years Chicago has been the city to point to whenever anyone wanted to make a statement about Black on Black crime and gun violence. We may finally be seeing some changes as Chicago has reached drop in gin violence over the past 15 months.
Chicago has had 52 fewer shootings and 229 fewer murders through the end of May, according to MSN news.
This is a 21% drop off when compared to the first five months of 2017.
Chicago has been under much scrutiny and rightfully so by President Trump. The murder rate in Chicago has been rivaled only by warzones like what we saw in Iraq in the early 2000's.
Some gangsters maybe proud of it, but destroying a city is nothing to be proud of and damn sure isn't something anybody should want to represent.
Hopefully, we will continue to see a decrease in homicides and the city will no longer need the title of Chiraq.
VICTOR J MORROW