Friday, January 28, 2011
Court Advocates Needed
"If you've got a free morning on Tuesday, February 1st, we're looking for residents to join us in court to show community concern over some recent gang tagging. The case is at the Skokie Courthouse (near Old Orchard) at 9:30am. A member of the "Almighty Latin Eagles" was picked up by the 23rd District Police in the act of spray painting the entire side of the building at Kenmore and Irving with gang signs promoting his own gang and dissing another. Get this: He was doing it so his "creation" would appear on a YouTube channel showcasing gang graffiti.
Because the damage ran into the thousands of dollars, it is most probably going to be tried as a felony case. It probably won't be resolved that day, but a strong showing of community concern will start it out on a strong note! If you come to court, you won't be asked to speak or testify. Court advocates sit in the courtroom to let the judge and others know that a particular case is important to the community it occurred in. The most that will happen is that we'll stand up in the spectator seats when the case is called, then sit down after 30 seconds or so. It depends on the judge whether or not we even do that, but the ASA will definitely make it known to him or her that members of the community are present.
I don't have the courtroom information handy right now, but will write with it later. Just wanted to get the word out and hope a few people can show up on Tuesday. Kenmore in particular has been hit hard by Latino gangs' graffiti, and it would be great to send a message that not only does Uptown prosecute cases hard, but that the community is strongly behind the cops and prosecution. Thanks, UU!"