Man accused of having a gun by Lori Lightfoot security officer is found not guilty

CHICAGO — Remember Treveon Broadway? The guy arrested in 2022 after a member of Lori Lightfoot’s security detail said they saw the outline of a firearm in his bag while waiting for food at Shake Shack, 14 South Michigan?

A judge found him not guilty last month after the defense argued that the man Lightfoot’s security guard saw with the bag was actually Broadway’s brother.

Lightfoot had just attended an A-list celebration of the 100th anniversary of former Mayor Harold Washington’s birth in the Loop, and, according to sources familiar with the matter, she stopped for a nightcap at the Chicago Athletic Club Hotel’s rooftop bar.

While the mayor was upstairs, a Chicago police officer assigned to her security detail, Deronis Cooper, slipped inside a Shake Shack in the hotel lobby to grab some food. He said he found himself standing behind a man wearing a crossbody bag that obviously contained a firearm.

Treveon Broadway was arrested outside Shake Shack, 14 South Michigan. (Chicago Police Department, Google)

Cooper called for backup from the local police district as the man with the bag walked outside, got into an idling vehicle, and returned to the restaurant without that bag.

Beat cops found the crossbody bag lying on the car’s back seat with two guns on the floorboard beneath it, officials said. Both guns were loaded, and one was equipped with a switch that could turn it into a machine gun, prosecutors claimed.

On April 24, defense attorney Steven Greenberg played a Shake Shack surveillance video in court. Broadway identified himself in the footage and said the man with the satchel was his brother, not him. He said both he and his brother went out to the car, but his brother stayed in the vehicle with the bag while Broadway returned to get the food.

His car was surrounded by cops when he went back outside.

According to a transcript of the proceeding, Cooper confirmed during the court hearing that Broadway was with another man inside the restaurant. He said he kept an eye on the men as they returned to the car and radioed to other members of Lightfoot’s security team “to find another location for our protected to leave.”

He was sure that the man who had the gun in the bag got into the car’s driver’s seat, and it was Broadway who got out of the driver’s seat to pick up the food.

Judge John Lyke said he believed Cooper “testified credibly,” but “that is not enough evidence to find that Mr. Broadway was in control and possession of any of the firearms found.” Lyke found Broadway not guilty on all charges.

“Mr. Broadway, let me explain something to you,” Lyke counseled after rendering his finding, “and you can relay it to your brother. You came close, if they had enough to convict you, to going away from six to 30 years in the penitentiary. Those guns are illegal in any state when you make them automatic.”

This story is made possible by contributions to the Cook County Courtroom Transparency Fund.

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