A reputed member of a violent South Side gang faction who recently served time for carjacking has been charged in federal court with posting sensitive police reports on Facebook identifying informants in a pending racketeering case and threatening that “all rats” must die.
Javion Bush, 21, an alleged member of the Goonie Boss gang in Englewood, was charged earlier this month with using threats of violence to obstruct a criminal proceeding, court records show. He’s been ordered held without bond and is scheduled to be arraigned next week. His attorney could not immediately be reached.
The charges stem from a sweeping racketeering indictment brought in 2018 against four Goonie Boss leaders alleging the gang was responsible for a reign of terror in the Englewood community that included at least 10 killings and other violence targeting rivals and innocent victims alike.
On May 10, Bush was recorded talking to another Goonie Boss member currently in Cook County Jail on murder charges stemming from one of those killings, according to a federal criminal complaint.
During the conversation, the two discussed a Chicago police report turned over as part of the discovery that identified cooperators in the case. The defendant in jail, identified only by his initials, TR, asked Bush if he would “expose that (expletive),” according to the charges.
“You should drop that (expletive) on the book,” TR said, a reference to posting the police reports on Facebook, according to the charges.
Bush responded that he’d been blocked on Facebook, but, “As soon as my (expletive) is unblocked I’m going to go ahead and snatch that (expletive) on the book,” the charges stated.
The next day, a post was made to a Facebook account linked to Bush that contained images of the police report and tagged two of the cooperators’ profiles. The post also included rat and thumbs-down emojis and a handwritten note reading, “All rats must di (sic),” the charges alleged.
Later that night, Bush and TR had another conversation on the jail’s recorded phone line, according to the complaint. TR told Bush during that call, “We need to put the belt” to two cooperators who had testified before a federal grand jury, meaning they needed to be punished, the complaint alleged.
According to the complaint, another Facebook post, titled “Free da baby menace,” depicted TR on a video call from Cook County Jail “talking about not being a snitch and people being disloyal.”
“In a part of the video, Individual TR said, “I’m exposing any (expletive) that’s snitching” and “I’ll be home real soon. (Expletives) thinking this (expletive) is a game,” the complaint alleged.
When agents confronted Bush at his home on May 18, he admitted that he posted the police documents to Facebook because “they were telling,” a reference to the people cooperating with law enforcement, the complaint alleged.
Bush said he got the paperwork through a text message from another individual, according to the charges.
At the time he made the posts, Bush was still on supervised release for his conviction last year in the October 2018 armed carjacking of an off-duty Chicago police detective in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood, records show.
According to prosecutors, one of Bush’s co-defendants, Raynell Lanford, pointed a gun at the 47-year-old victim as he took her belongings and asked, “How does it feel knowing you’re going to die tonight?”
Bush pleaded guilty to being an accessory to the crime and received 15 months behind bars. He was released in January, records show.