Self Defense? Ordinary Citizens Need Not Apply

Federal documents made public Friday show the scope of the investigation into Chicago Ald. Arenda Troutman and indicate the FBI may not be done looking into her connections to street gangs.

Evidence logs from searches of Troutman’s home and office on Monday also show that agents allegedly found suspected drugs, drug paraphernalia and a handgun.

Earlier this week, authorities charged Troutman with accepting a bribe to smooth the way for a mixed-use development on the South Side. Troutman has denied the accusations.

The documents show some of the suspected drugs were recovered in Troutman’s home in the 6500 block of South Kimbark Avenue, where the revolver also was found. A “white powdery substance in Ziploc plastic bag” was found in her office at 5958 S. State St., the documents state, noting it was found in a desk drawer.

Gun control opponents have criticized a policy that allows aldermen, but not ordinary citizens, to bear arms.

Chicago Tribune, FBI log: Troutman raids turned up ‘suspect’ drugs, gun, Jeff Coen, January 12, 2007, 8:18 PM CST
Chicago Sun-Times, ‘She just wanted to feel safe’ Cable host defends decision to give gun to Troutman January 18, 2007, FRANK MAIN AND NATASHA KORECKI
Chicago Defender, Pistol packin’ aldermen protected by the law, Faith Okpotor,February 3, 2006


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