No bail for man charged with shooting ATF agent in Back of the Yards

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CHICAGO — A judge has denied bond for a man charged in the shooting of a federal agent in Chicago.

A one-page indictment unsealed Thursday in Chicago federal court charged 28-year-old Ernesto Godinez with forcible assault of an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. He was arrested on a criminal complaint last week.

A judge on Thursday ruled the purported street-gang member should be held without bail pending trial.

The agent was shot in the face two weeks ago during an ATF operation on the South Side near Godinez's home. The agent was released from the hospital days later and is expected to fully recover.

Tensions were high in the neighborhood after police arrested Godinez.

In court on Thursday, prosecutors cited his violence criminal record and called him a danger to the community.

But his own community is now speaking out about the methods police used to investigate the shooting.

In the days after the shooting, CPS Superintendent Eddie Johnson vowed to find the shooter saying he wouldn’t get away with the crime.

However, neighbors said other people have been getting away with crime in the neighborhood for a long time and they would like police to step up even when the victim isn’t one of their own.

Community members had a meeting with Ald. Raymond Lopez so express their opinions about safety in the neighborhood.

Ernesto's brother, Rodrigo Godinez, was arrested on drugs charges last week. The Chicago Crime Commission compiles official data for its Gang Book and says Rodrigo Godinez is a Saints gang leader.

Godinez’s attorney said there is no evidence to link him to the shooting. Police insist they have the right man in custody.

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