Mayor Daley blasts feds on street crime
Mayor Richard Daley alleged today that federal authorities ignore blatant drug and gun trafficking but are overzealous in prosecuting star athletes such as Barry Bonds and Michael Vick.
“They can find Barry Bonds and Michael Vick, but they can’t find a drug dealer?” Daley said at a news conference where he argued for tougher federal and state gun laws.
The mayor said federal law enforcement---which has targeted City Hall and Chicago police officials with indictments---has misplaced priorities because it charged football star Vick for dog-fighting and baseball slugger Bonds with lying about using steroids.
“Think of it, there’s only one case here in the history of, I think, the country of a federal crime and dogfighting. We get dog-fighting cases all the time. They have to go to 26th Street, [to the Cook County criminal courts]. Why, if it’s a federal crime? Why?
“Barry Bonds – [the feds are] worried about steroids. I mean, there wouldn’t be any athletes today – I mean, after Barry Bonds for steroids? For what? You go after the distributor, the person that sells. Why Barry Bonds? I can’t understand. We’re spending millions of dollars on this. If I could spend millions of dollars in prosecution of all these people [who deal drugs and illegal guns], that would be worth it. But to go after Barry Bonds, in this day and age … I just wonder. I just wonder why," Daley continued.
After his passionate defense of Vick and Bonds, the mayor would not say whether he thought the federal case against his former patronage chief Robert Sorich and two other aides was a fair use of law enforcement power. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday failed to overturn the corruption convictions of Sorich and two other former officials who rigged the city hiring process in favor of patronage workers loyal to the mayor’s organization.
Daley cut off a question about the patronage case, saying "They can prosecute any case they want. It doesn’t matter. They can prosecute anything they want.”
But Daley said the feds easily could go after drug and gun dealers as aggressively as they chased Bonds and Vick. Their failure to do so brands federal authorities as “corrupt” in the eyes of the country’s people, he said.
“That’s one of my pet peeves. How can someone accumulate money every week, every month, have three of four homes, drive the best cars, have the best nail shops, and a lot of other things, the best girls, all the jewelry and nobody says anything. But if someone takes $100, it could be a Chicago policeman or anybody else, the feds are right there knocking on your door. But they cannot find the person who is accumulating all the money. It’s amazing. Only in America, we can’t find them. ‘We cannot find these people,’ the feds tell us. ‘We don’t know who they are.’
“And unfortunately, the public realizes that. They think it’s corrupt … I mean, the public really believes, if you can’t find the people who are taking the money – we can chase all the kids around the corner but who is taking the money?” Daley concluded.
How about Blagovich, Hussein, Emmanuel, Daley, Burris, et al!!!!!!!
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