The 19-year-old man charged with firing the stray bullet that struck and killed 11-year-old Takiya Holmes was beaten by a Cook County Jail inmate while awaiting his bond hearing at a county courthouse.
The beating was captured on video and released Thursday by the Cook County sheriff’s office.
The surveillance video captured an inmate approaching a dozing Antwan Jones while he was handcuffed to a chair in street clothes before his bond hearing Wednesday at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on murder charges in Holmes’ shooting death.
The inmate, identified by the sheriff’s office as 24-year-old Renard Williams, walked up to Jones and struck him with a right-handed punch to his head. Williams was able to land several other punches before he was grabbed by a sheriff’s employee and pulled away.
Williams was unrestrained at the time because he was being brought back into the room after appearing in court for a status hearing on murder charges in a fatal shooting in June last year, according to Cara Smith, a spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.
Smith said it was common for inmates to be without restraints as they are taken out of court, and that the attack happened before he could be restrained again.
Williams has been in custody at the jail since August 2016, when he was charged with aggravated battery to a police officer, domestic battery and other charges, according to Chicago Police. While in custody, he was charged with first-degree murder in January in the fatal shooting of 35-year-old Antoine Randle on June 14, 2016 in the Austin neighborhood.
Jones declined to press charges against Williams in the attack, which is also common, Smith said. Williams was issued a disciplinary ticket for the attack, but has been “a challenging detainee” since he was housed at the jail in August. Williams has had a number of disciplinary violations at the jail, including indecent exposure, fighting and noncompliance with officers’ orders.
Takiya Holmes was in the back seat of her family’s mini van when shots rang out Saturday night in the 6500 block of South King Drive. Her mother and aunt, who were in the front seats, turned to check on Takiya and her 3-year-old brother and found the girl was shot in her right temple. She was pronounced dead at Comer Children’s Hospital on Tuesday.
Prosecutors said Jones, a member of the Black Disciples, fired multiple times with a semi-automatic handgun after he and several other gang members went to confront people selling marijuana in their territory at the Parkway Gardens apartment complex.
Jones turned himself in after he was identified by witnesses as the shooter, police said.
Jones was ordered held without bail by Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil on Wednesday. He is held at the Cook County Jail in protective custody, which Smith said was standard for high-profile cases.
Williams remains in the maximum security Division 9 section of the jail, Smith said.
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The video was cut down to three minutes. Can you tell the difference between fireworks and gunfire? I can because I hear the gunfire all year around in these high crime neighborhoods ¾ off what you are hearing is gunfire in gun free Chicago.
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The man’s speech to residents
“It’s not going to stop by killing each other, it’s not going to stop by building more prisons, it’s not going to stop, by locking everybody up and throwing away the key”.
“Its gonna stop till we start getting to their heart, getting them to understand, that their thinking is wrong, that their motives and direction is wrong that their doing what they think is right, not understanding their wrong”.
“But if we could bring enlightenment and bring understanding bring love and bring peace to come against hatred and violence then we will be able to make a change and make a difference, in this community”.
“The cops are not the bad guys the politicians are not the bad guys, the bad guys are, it’s the spiritual influence behind what’s taking place, you know what I mean”.
“You get a man young man that grows up in poverty and his brother has been murdered and his father’s been murdered and sisters on drugs and the police are always are always cruising he’s going to have a mindset and a outlook that he’s going to think your my enemy, this ones my enemy, that one’s my enemy, but that’s not the truth”.
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It’s a look at the violence in Chicago’s neighborhoods through the eyes of a foreigner, and British Broadcasting correspondent Ian Pannell uses rappers like CTC DuWop to tell the story.
“You got to be ready man, I don’t know how to reiterate that. Ain’t no second chances man. When we turn the alleys here, you can already see the shorty’s on top of the cars, they know the cars. The lost streets of Chicago,” Duwop said in the documentary.
Pannell says his mini-documentary has been seen by over 300 million viewers. He decided to explore violence in inner cities after hearing about the disproportionate number of young black males who are homicide victims.
Choosing to focus on Chicago was easy.
“You just passed the three thousandth person shot in nine months. That shocks me, it should shock any journalist. That’s not normal, as one of our contributors said, that’s not normal. I don’t see how that is a situation of anything other than madness,” Pennell said.
Pannell says he relied on local rappers for access to neighborhoods, because they have an easier time crossing gang boundaries where turf wars can be dangerous.
“Many of the rappers have to deal with different sections of the community through music, through promotion, they have a level of street credibility, which allows you to get access to areas that otherwise would be difficult if not dangerous to go into,” Pannell said.
With rappers leading the way, viewers get a taste of the filming of a new video, and a lesson in survival.
West side rapper Bo Deal helped introduce Pannell to the street scene.
“I never seen so many guns like now, ever. The girls shooting it. It’s like they dropped off, somebody dropped off crates of guns in everybody hood. The lost streets of Chicago,” Bo Deal said.
Pannell has reported on conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. He was still amazed at what he found in neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West Sides.
“I haven’t seen that many guns in civilian areas, in civilian hands, outside of a conflict zone. Normally called a war zone,” Pennell said. Continue Reading
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