Bail set at $100K for man accused of punching Chicago alderman

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CHICAGO — A man is being held on $100,000 bond for punching a Chicago alderman last week.

Rafheal Taylor, 30, is charged with a felony count of aggravated battery of a government employee and a misdemeanor count of possession of cannabis.

Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, police say he walked up to 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett as he was heading to a meeting and said “you know what this is for” then punched the alderman, and knocked him to the ground.

Prosecutors said Burnett suffered a cut on his face and was bleeding but he refused medical attention.

Taylor was arrested a short time later after he was identified by the alderman, and he was found to be in the possession of cannabis, according to police.


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