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Sneed: Top cop critic Ald. Brookins Jr. reps gang banger

Mugshot Kerry Stinson

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Updated: April 4, 2013 6:46AM



Sneed exclusive...

Top cop critic reps gang banger!

It’s takedown time.

Ald. Howard Brookins Jr., who has been blasting Police Supt. Garry McCarthy for the city’s gang violence, seems to be talking out of both sides of his mouth.

Critics claim Brookins, who is demanding police grapple harder with guns and gangs, is undermining police action by representing gang members with gun convictions.

◆To wit: Sneed has learned Brookins, an attorney critical of McCarthy for not ending the city’s street gang bloodbath and gun proliferation, recently got gun charges dismissed against Kerry Stinson, 46, who is described in police reports as a member of the Gangster Disciples/Black P Stone nation.

Stinson, who was charged in 2010 with leading police on a car chase after police say they spotted him handing a loaded gun to a passenger — who pitched it out the car window — was locked in the Cook County Department of Corrections 10 times between 1993 and 2010; convicted in 1995 and 2002 for illegal possession of a gun; and has a lengthy arrest record that includes convictions for cocaine possession, burglary and obstructing police. He has a juvenile record that includes 10 arrests.

Brookins, who heads the City Council’s black caucus that has McCarthy in their gunsights — tells Sneed: “Everyone has a right to representation and is entitled to a defense. I started my career as a public defender and once worked for the State’s Attorney’s office. I was not aware Stinson was a member of a gang, and I don’t ask people if they are members of street gangs.

“I have mixed feelings about street gangs,” said Brookins, who admitted he uses gang members for campaign work. “These kids get caught up in gangs who have nothing else to do. But gangs can be used for good and bad. If it hadn’t been for the Black Panthers pushing for free meals for children, we wouldn’t have had operation Head Start feeding our school children.”

Huh?

Pssst!

Scoopsville: Two recent polls for governor of Illinois are showing Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Gov. Pat Quinn beating former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley— with Madigan leading the group by a wide margin.

◆The kill shot: Sneed is told Madigan is the only one of the group that Public Policy Polling finds with a positive approval rating, and she beats State Sen. Kirk Dillard and State Treasurer Dan Rutherford — both rumored to be interested in the GOP nomination.

Pew news...

◆Meow mix: Will cat lover Benedict XVI — the former pope — get his two beloved kitties back, the ones he had to leave behind at his home before he became pope?

◆Twitter talk: The first pope to step down in hundreds of years is also the first pope to be wiped off Twitter ... ever. Immediately after Benedict XVI stepped down on Thursday, all of the tweets he had posted on the @Pontifex account were deleted, and the name attached to the account became “Sede Vacante”.

Tasty tip...

First lady Michelle Obama may have hit Chicago to pitch her campaign against childhood obesity, but she slipped into Chicago Wednesday night to have a quiet meal at the RPM Italian eatery in River North with her close, under the radar best friend Sandy Matthews.

Sneedlings...

Condolences to the family of longtime Cook County GOP stalwart Manny Hoffman, 76, who died Wednesday at his home in Sarasota, Fla. Hoffman, a former state representative, was a long time Cook County Republican chairman ... Saturday’s birthdays: Daniel Craig, 45; Jon Bon Jovi, 51; and Chris Martin, 36... Sunday’s birthdays: Jessica Biel, 31; Julie Bowen, 43; Tyler Florence, 42, and early birthday wishes to Fred Lebed, ageless.



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