After a protracted FOIA legal battle, the City of Murders finally released footage of the Memorial Day weekend armed robbery and serious beat down committed by one of Chicago’s “anti-violence” “peacekeepers.” The so-called “peacekeeper” Oscar Montes, 31, just released from prison, was tracked down as the yellow-vested “peacekeeper” who took part in the robbery of the motorist.
CWB has the story and the details (as usual):
CHICAGO — The city of Chicago released surveillance camera footage Tuesday of an anti-violence “peacekeeper” participating in the violent beating and robbery of a driver in Little Village on May 26.
CWBChicago requested the video through a freedom of information request on May 30, but the Office of Emergency Management and Communications refused to supply the footage, claiming that its release would, among other things, violate the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
We took the matter to the Illinois Attorney General’s office, and the city decided to comply with the law yesterday.
Leading into the Memorial Day weekend, state and city leaders hailed the deployment of dozens of yellow-vested “peacekeepers” as an important tactic to tamp down violence.
The holiday weekend was barely underway before one of those “peacekeepers” unleashed some not-so-peaceful behavior as the city’s surveillance camera rolled nearby.
The trouble began around 10:55 p.m. as Chicago police officers saw a large group fighting near 23rd Place and Washtenaw. Additional CPD units were sent to stabilize the situation.
But less than five minutes after officers cleared up from that incident, CPD surveillance officers monitoring the camera feed reported that a group of people had pulled a man from a passing vehicle. The 37-year-old driver was yanked from his van by “multiple offenders,” including one wearing “a neon ‘peacekeepers’ vest,” a CPD report said.
In the footage released Tuesday, the victim’s van passes a group of people standing down the block. When he reaches a stop sign, a man approaches the driver’s window, interacts with the driver, and then begins to pull the driver from his seat.
The yellow-vested “peacekeeper” and several other men quickly join in. They finish pulling the driver from the van, which rolls down the street because it is still in gear. A severe beating ensues.
At one point, the “peacekeeper” uses a phone to beat the victim as others kick and punch the man. The lighted phone screen is seen rising and falling with each swing.
The attackers bolt as Chicago cops arrive, leaving the victim lying in the street, apparently unconscious.
He was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in serious condition with significant injuries to one eye, cuts, bruises, and abrasions. Officials said he suffered a facial fracture, a rib fracture, and a left eye injury that has caused partial vision loss. It is unclear if the victim’s vision will fully return, according to prosecutors.
Here a portion of the video provided by the city on Tuesday. Before viewing, please keep in mind that it depicts a violent attack.
Guided by police camera operators, cops searched the area and quickly located 31-year-old Oscar Montes walking away while removing “a neon ‘peacekeepers’ vest,” according to the Chicago police arrest report. No other arrests were made.