Based on Chicago Police Department (CPD) Officer T.C. McCoy II’s independent investigation, below is the sequence of events before and after the staged robbery that appears on the CPD videotape: That video is shown below in its entirety. There is no sound, but the evidence is overwhelming. The Austin Seven were framed.
On December 8th, 1995, in an unknown location in the City of Chicago, in a building that houses the Internal Affairs Division of Corrupt Practices of the Chicago Police Department, an investigation has been ongoing for Corrupt Practices by 30 Police Agents investigating two district police officers, TC McCoy II and his partner Jerry Saffold, for shaking down drug dealers in the 15th District, the largest black community in the City of Chicago.
It’s early morning, and in the office at this location is the Deputy Superintendent for Internal Affairs, Michael W. Hoke. Also at the office is a paid informant, Myron Robinson, also known as Booji. Mr. Hoke is asking Mr. Robinson if he knows any male blacks between 6’4” and 6’5” and weigh between 220 and 240 pounds, medium complexion, who would like to participate in a strong arm robbery and make himself $6000.
Mr. Robinson mentions his cousin, Mr. Charles Vaughn, also known as Cha-Cha. Mr. Hoke tells Mr. Robinson to call up Mr. Vaughn and to ask him to participate, but don’t tell him that the targeted person is a female FBI agent. Hoke tells Robinson to tell him it’s a drug dealer’s girlfriend from Milwaukee and say she’ll be in Chicago to buy drugs with the money. Hoke also tells Robinson to tell Vaughn to make sure that he throws her to the ground and takes the money from her person.
Also, Mr. Hoke stresses to Mr. Robinson to tell Mr. Vaughn that he must act like the police and not bring a gun. Mr. Hoke gives Mr. Robinson a tapped phone on which all conversations are recorded. Mr. Myron Robinson gives the instructions to Mr. Charles Vaughn, stressing the point of acting like the police and not bringing a gun.
Mr. Vaughn informs Mr. Robinson that he does not have a car to get to the location of Bloomingdale and Menard. Mr. Michael W. Hoke is right there listening to Mr. Robinson give his instructions, telling Mr. Robinson to tell Mr. Vaughn that he will bring him a car. Mr. Vaughn agrees to this strong armed robbery of a female FBI agent, never being told that he was being used as a stand in for Officer TC McCoy II, whose height, weight, and complexion he is intended to resemble.
Mr. Michael W. Hoke tells a sergeant (Sgt. Peter Koconis) in Internal Affairs Corrupt Practices to give Myron Robinson the keys to Koconis’ white Mercury Sable, so that Mr. Robinson can drive it over to give to Mr. Vaughn, who is to meet him in front of the Laundromat at Pulaski and Augusta Boulevard.
Mr. Michael W. Hoke tells police agent Herbert Brown Jr. to take his (Hoke’s) black department-issued Chevrolet and to follow Mr. Robinson over to Pulaski and Augusta Boulevard, watch him turn over the Mercury Sable to Mr. Vaughn, and then put Mr. Robinson in the Chevy and bring him back to the staging area of the FBI staged robbery at Menard and Bloomingdale, and let him out of the car at Central and Bloomingdale, so that he can walk down the street to the female agents car and get in the passenger side, so he can identify Charles Vaughn as Officer T.C. McCoy II.
Mr. Michael W. Hoke then tells police agent Joseph Erhardt and Sergeant Eugene Shepherd, also known as Silky, to follow Brown and keep an eye on Charles Vaughn and makes sure he comes to Bloomingdale and Menard with the Mercury Sable and nowhere else, because it would be difficult explaining how a criminal on house arrest for unlawful use of a weapon would have an undercover police car in his possession.
Michael W. Hoke then tells Police Agent Lorenzo Jackson to go and set up the camera across the street from the stage robbery, to record this for evidence against Officer T.C. McCoy II. Mr. Myron Robinson arrives at Pulaski and Augusta Boulevard to find Charles Vaughn and a childhood friend of theirs (Mr. Philip Edwards) at this location. Mr. Vaughn informs Mr. Robinson that he told the childhood friend about the robbery scheme and that the childhood friend will be accompanying him.
Police agent Mr. Herbert Brown Jr. tells Mr. Robinson to tell the childhood friend to jump in the black Chevy with them, because Mr. Michael Hoke is not expecting two people to get out of the Mercury Sable at the staged robbery. Mr. Vaughn tells the childhood friend if he helps him he could get $1500 of the $6000, with Myron Robinson getting the other $1500.
Mr. Myron Robinson hops in the back seat of the black Chevy. The childhood friend jumps in the front seat with Police Agent Herbert Brown Jr. driving. On the front seat is Deputy Superintendent Michael W. Hoke’s police baseball cap with gold leaf on the bill, a cap that Hoke wore when he was Commander of Narcotics for the Chicago Police Department.
Myron Robinson has to get to Bloomingdale and Menard because he has to be in the car when Mr. Vaughn arrives to tell the FBI agent that Charles Vaughn is T.C. McCoy II, a police officer who robs drug dealers.
Police Agent Herbert Brown Jr. is now in a dilemma. He has to let Mr. Myron Robinson off on Central and Bloomingdale, yet this unknown person knows about the robbery scheme and has seen the police cap. After Mr. Robinson exits the black Chevy on Bloomingdale and Central, Agent Brown decides the only choice he has is to let the childhood friend participate in the robbery.
After waiting a few minutes, he drives to Bloomingdale and Menard, pulling up to the FBI agents car, and then driving off. A few minutes later, the same black Chevy pulls up quickly behind the FBI agents car that Myron Robinson had gotten into earlier. The childhood friend jumps out of front passenger side of the Chevy and approaches the FBI agent’s car with Michael Hoke’s baseball cap on his head, identifying himself as a Chicago Police Officer.
He grabs open the door and appears to pull Mr. Robinson out and bring Mr. Robinson over to the driver’s side, opens up the driver’s side door, and is reaching into where the female is sitting.
Suddenly, Mr. Vaughn drives up in the white Mercury Sable, jumps out of the car, pulls the childhood friend out of the way, and he’s now inside where the female agent is sitting. The childhood friend is now staring at this turn of events. Suddenly, appearing to be startled as if a horn is blowing, he runs back over to the black Chevy, jumps into the passenger front side, and Agent Brown steams off from the scene.
Later, Mr. Robinson leaves the FBI agent at this location, so that he can go get the white Mercury Sable car and take it back to IAD Corrupt Practices headquarters. Mr. Charles Vaughn retrieved $3,000 from the armrest from inside the agent’s car, and later gives $500 of the $3000 to Mr. Myron Robinson.
Sgt. Eugene Shepherd and Police Agent Joseph Erhardt are watching this whole scene from down the street, never moving into sight of the car until Mr. Robinson has the car back in his possession to take to Deputy Superintendent Michael W. Hoke, who gives it to Sgt. Peter Koconis, and never telling anyone that these officers all participated in a conspiracy to violate the civil rights of Officer T.C. McCoy II, Jerry Saffold, Edward Jackson Jr., and Lennon Shields.
To recap, on December the 8th, 1995, early afternoon. Mr. Michael W. Hoke found a street on the Northwest Side of Chicago, located in the 25th Police District at Bloomingdale and Menard, where he has a female FBI agent robbed by Mr. Charles Vaughn, also known as Cha Cha, whom he had his paid informant, Mr. Myron Robinson, also known as Booji, enroll as be a stand-in for Officer T.C. McCoy II. He had also made sure that Mr. Robinson is in the car with the female FBI agent to ensure that he tells her that Vaughn is really T. C. McCoy II, a police officer that robs drug dealers.
It has been 100 days since Hoke started this (second) sham investigation of two Austin district police officers, T. C. McCoy II and Jerry Saffold, and all he has to show for his investigation is this phony “robbery” from Sgt. Eugene Shepherd, also known as Silky, and Myron Robinson, in November of 1995, at which everyone who has seen the film at the Chicago Police Department is laughing.
Superintendent Matt Rodriguez told Michael Hoke that the only thing that he has done is paid 30 police agents 40 hours every week in overtime for nothing.
Mr. Michael W. Hoke asked Sgt. Peter Koconis give Myron Robinson the undercover white Mercury Sable car to drive, to take the car over to Charles Vaughn at Pulaski and Augusta Boulevard in front of the Laundromat. Michael Hoke gave his department-issued four-door Chevy to Police Agent Herbert Brown Jr. to follow Mr. Robinson over to Pulaski and Augusta Boulevard, and bring Mr. Robinson back to the stage robbery location. He should have let him out on Central and Bloomingdale. He has Sgt. Eugene Shepherd and Police Agent Joseph Erhardt trail Mr. Vaughn back to this location, so that nothing could go wrong and run interference in case he’s stopped on the way.
Michael Hoke knew he could not afford any screw ups. If he pulled this off he was promised a good chance at being selected the next Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.
To entice Charles Vaughn to participate in this staged robbery, Michael Hoke told Myron Robinson to tell Mr. Vaughn that the female drug dealers girlfriend had on her person $6000. Michael W. Hoke had one of his minions’ place in the female FBI agents car $3000 that Michael Hoke was willing to let Charles Vaughn keep. The other $3000 would be found on T. C. McCoy II, when he is arrested for the strong armed robbery of a federal agent.
The FBI has arrived. The female FBI agent, Debra Jones Buggs, will be the victim. The other FBI agent out there to observe has to make sure that their female agent’s life is not in danger. Mr. Michael W. Hoke has taken care of this by having Myron Robinson instruct Charles Vaughn: Don’t bring a gun but act like the police.
Mr. Michael W. Hoke sees Myron Robinson enter the FBI agent’s car. Now he’s waiting for Charles Vaughn to arrive, throw the agent to the ground, take the set up money, and drive away.
Suddenly, Mr. Hoke sees his black four door Chevy pull up next to the FBI agent for a few moments and drive off. This is not part of his plan. He has no way of getting in touch with agent Brown, whom he told to stay at Central and Bloomingdale and to wait for Myron Robinson to return and take him back to Pulaski and Augusta Boulevard in the Sable Mercury car and return it to Corrupt Practices headquarters.
Agent Herbert Brown Jr. had turned off his police radio. Less than two minutes later Mr. Michael W. Hoke sees his black Chevy return and pull up behind the FBI agents car, where an unknown black male exits the Chevy and approaches the agent’s car with Michael W. Hoke’s Police Commander baseball cap on his head with gold braids on the bill, open up the passenger door, and take Myron Robinson out, bring him around to the driver’s side, open up the driver’s door, and is now reaching in to where the female FBI agent is sitting.
Suddenly, the white Mercury Sable pulls up and out comes an unknown black male who looks to be about 6’4” to 6’5” and weigh about 230 pounds, goes over to the FBI agent’s car and pull the first unknown black male out of the way and now reaches inside where the female agent is sitting and appears to be pulling her out of the car.
The first male black suddenly runs over to the black Chevy, jumps in on the front passenger side, and agent Brown speeds from the scene.
Charles Vaughn retrieved $3000 from the armrest inside agent’s car and takes the agent’s car key out of the ignition and puts it in his pocket, gets into the Mercury Sable and drives off.
A little while later, Sergeant Eugene Shepherd, also known as Silky, contacts Mr. Hoke, informing him that there are several Cook County Sheriffs in front of Mr. Charles Vaughn’s house to arrest him for escape. It is important to note that Mr. Vaughn is a convicted felon under house arrest for unlawful use of a weapon.
As Sgt. Sheppard knows if Vaughn is arrested, the white Mercury Sable, the $3000 set up money, along with the FBI agent’s key, will be confiscated and inventoried. Mr. Michael W. Hoke knows the director of the home monitoring program from when they were both homicide detectives with the Chicago Police Department, a Mr. Michael Ricci, a man that the FBI identified as a main member of the Chicago mob, who in a few years will be indicted in the “Family Secrets” mob trial.
Michael Hoke asks Michael Ricci not to arrest Charles Vaughn. Director Ricci contacts the Deputy Sheriff in front of Vaughn’s house and tells them not to arrest Charles Vaughn, but to give him a warning not to leave his house again. By doing this, Mr. Michael W. Hoke and Director Michael Ricci knew that this was a violation of the law and they were aiding and abetting the escape of a felon.
Mr. Michael Hoke needed this favor to perfect this conspiracy to defraud the Austin community of their civil rights of equal protection under the law, and to waste millions of dollars in taxpayers’ money, so he could become Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.
Mr. Michael W. Hoke did not want to arrest the unknown black male because he would identify Police Agent Herbert Brown Jr as the driver of the black Chevy. Mr. Michael W. Hoke took his Police Commanders baseball cap with the gold braids on the bill and destroyed it that night.
Michael Hoke told Police Agent Herbert Brown Jr that he could not work anymore on the front lines of this straw investigation. Michael Hoke told his minions that the Mercury Sable and the black four-door Chevy belonged to an unknown lady at the Laundromat.