When the search continued for the gunman who shot an ATF agent in the face, local and federal police canvassed the Back of the Yards neighborhood in Chicago, some neighbors said they were angry with what they called an aggressive and excessive response. But what should open some eyes is the quote by a mother from the neighborhood.
“Just because you’re wearing a badge, it matters more?” asked Mayra Salinas, a mother who lives in the area. “How does that make us feel? We have a lot of homicides that go unsolved, and not one time do they put this much effort into finding the gunman that killed our friend, our brother.”
And she’s right. They do not care about those of us they supposedly serve; those of us who have our hard earned money stolen from us in order to pay their salaries. They care only about the “Thin blue line” and people are finally beginning to notice.
The residents’ anger stemmed from a Friday incident. An ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms) agent was ambushed and shot in his face as he investigated illegal guns about 3:15 a.m. The shot agent remains hospitalized in critical condition but is expected to recover, according to WGN-TV.
“The whole place was swarmed with cops, the feds, the ATF people — all over the place,” resident Carlos Barron said. “This is the fourth law enforcement officer that’s been shot over in that area,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “You think we’re going to take this lying down? I’ve got a message: We’re coming for you.”
But they never have that same attitude when looking for the gunmen who slaughter the civilians in the area. And they are violating the property rights of everyone in the Back of the Yards neighborhood to look for the assailant, which has sent residents over the edge.
Locals gathered at Davis Park on Saturday holding signs that read, “Stop the harassment,” and, “No more illegal entry.” “It was just like a war zone,” grandmother Carmen Guzman said. “You see kids running, and they were scared.”
No arrests have been made in the case concerning the injured ATF agent and a $61,000 reward is being offered if found.
“Just because you’re wearing a badge, it matters more?” – Mayra Salinas
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