As in all things, hearing the other side of a story can truly put certain events into perspective. For example, a man walking slowly down a dark street staring at each house may seem suspicious to some, but he could easily be looking for the street number for a house he has never visited before. Whether or not something is suspicious is relative. In Chicago, police searched and arrested a man on charges of drug possession after allegedly observing what they described as suspicious behavior.
Some people might argue that it is simply in some people’s nature to assume the worst about another person. These assumptions seem to increase when a person is acting contrary to normal expectations, even if those actions are not necessarily illegal. For example, police in Illinois have recently arrested a woman on a prostitution and drug charge after witnessing a man make a phone call.
There are many tightly knit families across the nation. These families live near each other and share their lives together on a regular basis. However, both federal and state authorities claim that one Chicago family also shared a drug business together. Recent allegations claim that a total of 27 people, several of them family members, were involved in illegal drug sales and/or distribution, resulting in at least one drug charge.
A new report out from the American Civil Liberties Union found that Illinois is among the top states in the country for marijuana arrests. Not only do law enforcement officers in Illinois arrest more people for marijuana than elsewhere, but the report also finds that a majority of the arrests are of African-Americans even though marijuana use is equal across racial groups.
A young South Side rapper known as Lil Reese was arrested recently after police issued a warrant connected with trespass, battery, and mob action charges. The Chicago resident was reportedly sleeping in a vehicle at the time of the arrest and is being held in lieu of posting bail.