Seven children suffered injuries from various shootings in Chicago this weekend, while 4-year-old Mychal Moultry died from his gunshot wounds. Including adults, 65 people were shot over Labor Day Weekend according to the Sun Times Media Wire.
Moultry was in his own home Friday night. Someone braided his hair just as a gunman shot into the house from the outside. As a result, bullets flying in from the window struck Moultry twice in the head. Later, he died at Comer Children’s Hospital. He is the 35th fatal victim to gun violence in Chicago this year alone. 2021 shootings wounded 280 children so far.
Police Superintendent David O. Brown held a press conference Monday. Over the weekend, police reported they confiscated 64 illegally possessed weapons. Just this year alone they’ve confiscated 8,500 total illegal weapons. As a result there have been 4,000 arrests since January.
Yet Deputy Chief Gale blamed recent violence on gangs. “We are aware that a lot of the street gangs here in the city of Chicago are responsible to the violence that is going on on our streets and affecting our children,” Gale said. Currently, there are charges against four gangs, including the Gangster Disciples, Conservative Vice Lords, Traveling Vice Lords and Four Corner Hustlers. Police are also offering a $9,000 reward for information on Moultry’s death.
Superintendent Brown agreed that gangs are to blame. “It’s always some other offender, gang member, criminal network, some beef, and they’re targeting some adult, and young people are nearby and they are shot as innocent bystanders,” Brown said.
Still, a 13 year old is receiving treatment at Comer Children’s Hospital after being shot in the head on Saturday night. He was in the basement of a home at 9 PM when a gunman shot through the window.
Earlier that day, a gunman opened fire at an after-school event in East Garfield Park. Two siblings under the age of 16 were struck. Luckily they have already fully recovered. Police recovered a vehicle associated with the shooting, but no one is in custody yet.
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The Tate Brothers and Associates Face Human Trafficking Charges in Romania
In a recent development, the Tate brothers, Andrew and Tristan, along with two associates, find themselves at the center of a high-profile case involving human trafficking allegations.
The charges leveled against them indicate the formation of an organized criminal group in 2021 with the intent to carry out human trafficking operations not only in Romania but also in the United States and the United Kingdom, according to the BBC.
The investigation, which led to their arrest in December last year, has culminated in an indictment filed with the Bucharest court. According to the indictment, the Tate brothers are accused of luring their victims with false promises of love and marriage. Seven individuals have been identified as alleged victims, who were later coerced and subjected to a harrowing ordeal.
Prosecutors contend that the victims were taken to locations in Ilfov county, Romania, where they faced constant surveillance, intimidation, and control. The defendants allegedly forced the victims into debt and coerced them into participating in pornographic activities, with the explicit material subsequently shared on social media platforms. Shockingly, one of the defendants is accused of raping a woman on two occasions in March 2022, further amplifying the gravity of the charges.
While the trial is not expected to commence immediately, as a Romanian judge is granted 60 days to inspect the case files, it is anticipated to be a protracted legal battle. The complexity of the case and the severity of the charges will undoubtedly result in a lengthy trial process, with several years potentially passing before a verdict is reached.
Representatives for the Tate brothers released a statement acknowledging the unsurprising nature of the news but maintaining their belief in their innocence.
As reported by the BBC, the Tate brothers media team stared, “While this news is undoubtedly predictable, we embrace the opportunity it presents to demonstrate their innocence and vindicate their reputation.”
They expressed their eagerness to present a comprehensive body of evidence meticulously collected over time, which they believe will substantiate their claims of innocence and restore their tarnished reputation.
However, it should be noted that additional charges, such as money laundering and trafficking of minors, are still under investigation. If evidence is uncovered to support these allegations, a separate indictment could be filed, further complicating the legal proceedings for the defendants.
Andrew Tate, who gained notoriety through his participation in the reality television show Big Brother, has a controversial past, having been removed from the show in 2016 following a video that appeared to depict him assaulting a woman.
Despite subsequent bans on social media platforms due to his contentious statements, he has managed to amass a following, particularly among young men, by promoting an ostentatious and hyper-masculine lifestyle.
As the case unfolds, public attention will undoubtedly be drawn to the trial, with many eagerly awaiting the outcome and hoping for justice to be served for the alleged victims. The complex web of charges and the high-profile nature of the defendants ensure that this trial will be closely monitored and scrutinized by the media and the public alike.
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