Now, the FBI is using a law that first targets thugs to prosecute these five people.
On August 4, 2020, it looked like an old equipment attack on Chicago’s Oak Street: two assault vehicles, four shooters, and a burst of bullets. However, the target is not the gangs of the 1930s. He is the new millennium rapper: FBG Duck. Investigators and city officials said he was a gang member and his video angered members of rival gangs. Five alleged members of the hostile gang were accused of killing him in accordance with RICO regulations: The Blackmailer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act. In 1970, the law was enacted to help eliminate traditional organized crime.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois stated that the five suspects are members of the O-Block street gang.
The Federal Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John Lausch, said: “The reason for the federal accusation is that we were able to establish evidence that there was a blackmail company involved, and this murder was to facilitate this.”
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The suspects accused of assisting in racketeering and murder are:
-Marcus Smart, 22 years old
-Charles Liggins, 30 years old
-Kenneth Robertson, 28 years old
-Provided by Tacarlos, 30
-Christopher Thomas, 22 years old
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The indictment also includes allegations of assaults against firearms and assisted in extortion.
Liggins, Offer, Thomas and Smart were all arrested on Wednesday morning and appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon. Officials said three of the suspects were detained near 63rd Street and Kings Avenue. The fourth suspect was located elsewhere, while the fifth was taken away by state authorities. This action is the result of cooperation between federal, state, county, and local law enforcement agencies. If convicted, the suspect may face a minimum sentence in federal prison.
The mother of Carlton Weekly reacted emotionally to the arrest, saying that justice had been done.
“When you only believe in God and be patient, everything will come naturally,” the mother said.
The authorities stated that the organization committed the murder to increase the status of the O-Block street gang. Chicago Police Department David Brown said he was serious about fighting gangs.
“We are working together to stop the flow of drugs and guns,” Brown said. “We are hunting down gangs in this city. This includes gang investigations, drug investigations and gun investigations. We are working together to hold gang members accountable for violence.”
Emmerson Buie, an FBI agent in charge of the Chicago field office, added: “We are defending those who cannot defend themselves. This should send a strong message.”
Chicago criminal defense lawyer Tony Thedford (Tony Thedford) talked about social media, calling them “very powerful tools” and “law enforcement and the government are now using them to prosecute crimes.” Sometimes, the evidence is collected from social media, Saidford said.
“You have a street gang that allegedly killed another gang member in a high-profile case in downtown Chicago. Therefore, I believe that once they find the suspect and accuse them, they will do it. The harshest response,” Saidford said. Saidford said: “There are many allegations of going back and forth online or online threats…posting back and forth and then leading to retaliation, which allegedly led to the death of this young man.”
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