Last year, a fourth of July celebration took a tragic turn for a Chicago family when 7-year-old Amari Brown was slain during a gang shooting. The bullets that took Brown’s life were reportedly intended to harm his father Antonio Brown.
After the incident Garry McCarthy, Chicago’s former police superintendent, and the Mayor Rahm Emanuel—who both believed that Brown was to blame for the death of his son— wanted him placed behind bars for gun possession charges that stemmed from a separate incident. A year later, he has been found not guilty of gun charges, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
In April 2015, Brown allegedly fled from police officers on the Eisenhower Expressway after there were reports that he was driving with a gun in his lap. According to the officers, Brown crashed and exited the vehicle while “holding a black revolver in his right hand” and “tossed same revolver onto right seat of vehicle.” He was later arrested for gun possession and other charges and was released on bail.
But on Monday, a Cook County judge ruled that Brown was not guilty after his attorney raised concerns about police accounts related to the case. “We respect the court’s decision and stand behind the work of the officers, detectives and prosecutors in the Brown case,” said Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi in a statement, writes the Sun-Times:
“The seriousness of how our criminal justice system treats habitual gun crime, as well as the effectiveness of deterring felons from carrying illegal guns in Chicago, is well represented in this case.”
Law enforcement officials wanted Brown’s case to bring attention to the lax gun laws in Chicago. Prior to the incident, Brown had been arrested 45 times.
SOURCE: Chicago Sun Times