Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Felon Harvey IL alderman arrested for assaulting city worker

Abandoned home in Harvey
As I've remarked several times, when Chicago south suburb Harvey is in the news it's almost always a bad thing.

And Harvey is back in the news. Uh oh.

From ABC Chicago:
An alderman in suburban Harvey was arrested for allegedly assaulting a city worker. The attack was caught on a security camera and that alderman has been in trouble with the law before.

Alderman Lamont Brown was arrested by Harvey police and held for just over an hour Tuesday afternoon. He is a suspect in an assault case now under investigation by the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

"I feared for my life because he has a background," said Samuel Patterson, a Harvey city worker.

Patterson was on his lunchbreak inside the gas station on 147th Street. The surveillance camera video - with no sound - shows a man in a top coat that Harvey police identify as 4th Ward Alderman Lamont Brown following Patterson around the store.
Last year Brown won election to Harvey's City Council despite having pleaded guilty in the 1990s to selling narcotics and possessing a stolen vehicle. Illinois law prevents convicted felons from holding an elected municipal office but there is no mechanism in place to ferret out these lawbreakers.

In a democracy voters get the government they deserve.

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