Judge refuses to detain man accused of firing gun on Blue Line platform

CHICAGO — A Cook County judge this week rejected a prosecutor’s request to detain a man who allegedly fired a gun six times on the Division Blue Line platform.

While police and prosecutors say the entire incident was recorded on video, Judge Susana Ortiz said the state failed to convince her that Brandon Taylor, 32, needed to be kept in jail.

Chicago cops responded to the CTA station at 1200 North Milwaukee after 911 callers reported shots fired on the platform around 1:13 a.m. Monday. When officers arrived, CTA workers and passengers directed them to the first car of a train that was stopped at the station, according to a CPD report.

As officers walked toward the car, they saw Taylor “fall out of the first train car right on his face and stomach,” the report said. They allegedly recovered a handgun from his hoodie pocket and six shell casings from the area.

Brandon Taylor (Chicago Police Department, Jacob G./Creative Commons)

Prosecutors said CTA video showed Taylor firing a gun into the tunnel. Police previously said the gunshots came after Taylor had a disagreement with the train operator.

Taylor does not have a license to own firearms or carry a concealed weapon in Illinois, according to the police report.

In a petition for pretrial detention, prosecutors claimed Taylor “clearly poses a real and present threat to the safety of any person, person, or the community,” given his alleged behavior.

But Ortiz rejected their request, saying the state failed to convince her that electronic monitoring would not be sufficient to protect the public, according to court records. He is due in court again on February 26.

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