Getting Away With Murder

Getting Away With Murder

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Kaitlynn Diaz started this petition to Chicago Police Department and

CHICAGO - The homicide clearance rate in Chicago this year is 48 percent. But a deeper look at the numbers reveals that rate includes dozens of cases where no one was charged.  

Premeditated Murder - The killing of 19-year-old Brandon Delgado is included in that number. He was shot and killed inside a Logan Square apartment last April. Police say the ex-boyfriend of a woman Delgado was staying with – a reputed gang member known as “Genocide” – was “positively identified by witnesses as the offender.” Detectives even had him in custody. But prosecutors declined to press charges in part because of “defendant’s claim of self-defense.” Delgado’s mother says she’s never believed that theory, even though suspects claim her son acted with intent first . “They went there with the intent to hurt my son,” says Annette Delgado. “Not knowing him. They went in there to hurt my son. That’s not self-defense, that’s premeditated murder. ” No one has been charged in Delgado’s death and police are no longer investigating.

“CCX”- They’ve marked the case CCX, or “closed – cleared exceptionally.” There were 83 cases closed this year without prosecution – the highest level in at least five years. In a recent interview, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said prosecutors face the burden of having to prove the case in court. It’s worth noting: The way Chicago police classify these cases as closed is not unique. The “closed – cleared exceptionally” designation is widely used by law enforcement agencies, including the FBI – so long as certain criteria are met. 

Family Left Devastated - Hello , I am Kaitlynn Diaz and I am Brandon Delgado’s younger sister, signing this petition will give us hope towards getting my brother’s murderers prosecuted and given a day to stand in front of a judge for taking away the life of an 18 year old two weeks short of his 19th birthday and ripping him from his 3 month old daughter in cold blood. Brandon was a great father, son, brother, employee & leader with a huge heart. Our family is deeply disturbed with his absence and with heavy hearts, it is sad to say a year and a half later , we still have no justice and neither does his 1 year old daughter . Help us take a stand against a system that left us with no answers . 

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