Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Crimes, Arrests, Convictions

30 mayors were recently featured in a 90 second piece sponsored by NY Mayor Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns. In the ad the mayors list the sites of mass shootings, including Columbine, Virginia Tech, Tucson, Aurora, CO., and the most recent, the Connecticut city of Newtown.

Five of these 30 mayors have been arrested in the past:

Mayor Craig Lowe, Gainesville, FL was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and property damage after police found him asleep in his car at the scene of a crash on 3/20/2013.

Mayor James Schiliro, Marcus Hook, PA was arrested for reckless endangerment and other criminal charges last week after he allegedly fired a handgun inside his home during a booze-fueled argument with a 20-year-old man. Schiliro had allegedly served the minor alcohol and demanded sexual favors when the dispute broke out.

Former Mayor Eddie A. Perez, Hartford, CT was convicted of five felony corruption charges and sentenced to three years in prison.  Perez was convicted of receiving a bribe, being an accessory to the fabrication of evidence, conspiracy to fabricate evidence, conspiracy to commit first-degree larceny by extortion and criminal attempt to commit first-degree larceny by extortion.

Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit, MI stepped down as the mayor after pleading guilty to two counts of obstruction of justice stemming from a sex-and-misconduct scandal that has plagued the Motor City for months.

Mayor Gary Becker, Racine, WI was charged with child-sex felonies. The charges include attempted second-degree sexual assault of a child under 16, possession of child pornography, child enticement, use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime, attempt to expose a child to harmful material and misconduct in office.

Other MAIG Mayor arrests:

Mayor Sheila Dixon, Baltimore MD, who hosted Mr. Bloomberg and his MAIG conference in her city, was convicted while in office of perjury and embezzling funds.

Mayor Larry Langford, Birmingham, AL got 15 years in the big house for a staggering 60 counts of bribery, fraud, money laundering and tax evasion.

Mayor Frank Melton, Jackson, MS violated his own city’s gun possession ordinances.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Washington DC, a member of MAIG who denies residents all rights to bear arms, has also been under federal investigation for campaign finance fraud.

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Mayor Gordon Jenkins, Monticello, NY  was charged with DUI, refusing a breathalyzer, obstruction of justice and criminal mischief last Saturday, after authorities noticed he appeared drunk when he showed up to survey the scene of a local car wreck.
After being brought to the police station, Jenkins reportedly smashed a clock on the wall and had to be handcuffed to a chair.
This is not Jenkins’s first run-in with the law. He pled guilty in 2011 for selling knockoff Nikes out of his hip-hop clothing store, G-Man Beauty Supplies.
There are also pending charges against him for an alleged altercation he had with a police officer outside the shop last year.

Mayor Noramie Jasmin, Spring Valley, NY was arrested in April 2013 for allegedly accepting bribes from an FBI informant.

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MAIG boasts of having 500 participants.
Eleven of these mayors have been arrested in the past four years.
Comparatively speaking, Mayors Against Illegal Guns members are almost eight times more likely to be convicted of crimes than Florida concealed firearm license holders – but that number is based off 23 years of licenses versus four years of MAIG.

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Mayor Tony Mack, Trenton, NJ was convicted of bribery, fraud and extortion on 2/7/2014.
A federal jury found that Tony F. Mack, and his brother, Ralphiel, had participated in a scheme to take money in exchange for helping get approvals to develop a downtown parking garage. The deal was fictitious and part of a government investigation.