Another victim of the Springfield IL Police Department and The Sangamon County States Attorneys Office. Why is he a victim? Because he is a young African American Teenager who lives on the East Side of Springfield.
Demarcus here was in March arrested by the Springfield Police and later charged with two counts, One – Reckless Discharge of a Firearm, One – Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. His bond was set at $100,000.00 and he was remanded to the custody of the Sangamon County Sheriff’s Jail.
Demarcus sat in the Sangamon County Jail unable to post his insanely high bond and waited for trial. The State made him offers to plea out and he refused to accept them. The State then got a court order for his DNA which later came back negative to testing of their evidence. In September almost 6 months later The State dismissed all charges.
We spoke to Demarcus and he believes that it is clear the police just snatched as many young black teenagers off the street they could in the spring, to try to have a “calm” summer. That they intentionally set these insanely high bonds knowing that would not be posted, to make sure further the victims stayed in the jail. Most people get fed up with being in the county jail and do anything to get out even if that means going to prison on a snatch out plea, even if they are truly not guilty.
Springfield Police you should be ashamed of yourself!