The last fifty feet to your front door is one of the three locations the average person is most likely to become a victim of violent crime.* A Chicago family’s ordeal captured on a Ring camera show just how quickly things can go sideways. The crisp video went viral and gave good old “Big Brain” Brandon Johnson’s Chicago some great national publicity on the Today Show.
The recent carjacking in Chicago’s Beverly neighborhood made national news. ‘Today’ did an interview with the victims, and obtained extended footage of the crime. Also revealed that the husband/father had a gun held to his head when he went out to help his wife. Link 2 article in the comments
From Yahoo News:
Michele Pettiford and her 12-year-old daughter were returning to their Chicago home from volleyball practice last week when two men ran up to them and demanded the keys to the family’s car.
In a video captured by surveillance cameras on Nov. 2, Pettiford is heard yelling “they’re in my purse” as she is held at gunpoint and thrown to the ground. Her daughter ran inside screaming, and dialed 911 once she got upstairs.
“You hear about blood curdling screams — that’s just something I’ll never forget,” Jeff Pettiford, who ran outside to help his wife, told NBC Chicago.
One of the men put a gun to Jeff Pettiford’s head as he tried to offer them money, but they only wanted a car. He helped them start his Audi, but said they kept asking for a key because they did not understand that the vehicle used a fob. The men fled the scene in the car.
“When they came at me and I looked at them, they weren’t afraid,” Jeff Pettiford told NBC Chicago. “I came running directly at them and the thought wasn’t, ‘Oh no, let’s get out of here.’ It’s, ‘Let’s turn around and potentially shoot this person.'”
Yet another Chicago family generously sampling the violent cultural enrichment so prevalent in Murder/Robbery City USA. They certainly lost their naivete that it only happens to someone else.
Brandon Johnson doesn’t really care. He’s got over 150 armed bodyguards protecting him home and family, while he advocates that the little people be disarmed of their guns. Don’t you love the hypocrisy?
* The other two are gas stations and parking lots.