Chicago Double Homicide Suspect Was Out On Bail

The idea behind jail is that it removes problem people from society for a period of time. It makes society safer and, hopefully, creates a disincentive for people to commit crimes in the first place.

But that only follows a conviction.

Prior to trial, though, many are released out on bail. This is part of the whole “innocent until proven guilty” that is such a vital part of our criminal justice system. However, there are times when people don’t get out on bail. A recent case in Chicago illustrates just why some people probably shouldn’t get bail.

While liberals living in suburbia enjoyed their Thanksgiving week vacation, people living in America’s major urban areas experienced more violence at the hands of undeterred repeat violent offenders. On Nov. 27, Chicago police put out an AMBER alert after 1-year-old K’marion Hebron was abducted at his house, which was the scene of a double homicide that included his mother, Jessica Beal, and her brother, Damian, as the victims. Police believe that the boy’s father, Clarence Hebron, who is Beal’s ex-husband, was responsible for the homicides and the initial abduction. The baby was later dropped off at a Riverside police station and was unharmed.

Who is Clarence Hebron? CWB Chicago, which closely monitors crime in America’s murder capital, noticed the picture of Hebron released by police was identical to a mug shot of him from April 2019.

After digging into his history, CWB Chicago discovered that Hebron, 32, had been in jail in 2019 for allegedly killing a woman while fleeing police and for two separate Class X felony armed habitual criminal gun crimes. So why was he out free? One of those notorious Cook County judges agreed to release him on just $15,000 bond in July!

Hebron was charged on April 18, 2019, for reportedly hitting a woman with his vehicle while fleeing police and driving with a suspended license. While Hebron had been released in the prior months after two separate gun charges, the judge finally decided to keep him locked up after he was charged with reckless homicide by motor vehicle, aggravated fleeing causing bodily injury, and driving on a revoked license resulting in injury or death.

However, the pressure to release criminals has been strong in recent months. Three days after Hebron’s lawyers filed a motion to have his bail reduced, Cook County Judge Dennis Porter agreed to lower the bail to just $50,000 each for the three offenses, allowing him to go free on a $15,000 cash payment (10% of the total bail). As of this writing, police are still looking for him in connection to the double homicide on Nov. 27.

In other words, it looks like the judge lowering the bond–an act based on mounting pressure from the left–resulted in the death of these two people. Two people who apparently did nothing wrong.

Now, don’t get me wrong. People do have a right to be considered innocent until proven guilty, but that applies in court. With a recidivist like Hebron, their past history should also factor into the bond.

Of course, the judge initially did just that, apparently. It was the political pressure that views every minority as a victim that caused him to change his mind. Now, two innocent people are dead–two actual minority victims.

Nice job, dipsticks.

Look, some people commit crimes bad enough that they probably shouldn’t get bond. They should be treated in court as if they’re innocent and the prosecution should have to make their case, but that doesn’t mean everyone accused of a crime should be walking around free, particularly recidivists like this.

I agree with groups like Black Lives Matter that there needs to be some kind of bond reform. I’m pretty sure that we have very different ideas of what form that reform should take.

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