Magazine article The New American

Justice Prevails

Magazine article The New American

Justice Prevails

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In January the Waukegan Grand Jury deliberated and then ruled in favor of armed self-defense in a case involving an incident in Waukegan in October 2008.

A Chicago Tribune account of the case on January 9 indicates that a clerk, a family member of the owners, at Peoples Market was robbed at gunpoint. The clerk retrieved his own firearm and shot at Brandon Starks, 20, as the thief fled on a bicycle, still holding the weapon used in the robbery. Starks was hit and pronounced dead shortly after that. He had been paroled from prison on a residential burglary conviction less than a month earlier. A second man was with Starks, and police are still looking for that man.

The clerk later faced possible charges in the case, but the majority of the public was clearly on his side. At the time, a statement by the local mayor revealed a popular sentiment often left out of media accounts. …

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