It's hard to know what to make of the charges against Micahel McGee, Jr. and the somewhat extraordinary way in which they and his arrest have been handled. The federal complaint does not look good for him. But, based on what we have seen to date, it alleges garden variety corruption.
What seems to make - or at least is alleged to make this case different - may be found in whatever resulted in his state arrest which the Journal Sentinel is reporting as suspicion of "substantial battery/intend bodily harm, party to a crime; substantial battery-intend bodily harm and conspiracy." That is not garden variety corruption.
Those sealed details are what may make this case extraordinary. What public safety concerns prompted the action that was taken? I doubt it was that McGee was a flight risk. Is the state alleging that he took his "stop snitchin'" campaign to another level? Did the campaign against his recall become overzealous?
I hope, for the sake of the community, that the DA can back up his actions and the underlying information comes sooner rather than later. There is, at the moment, a sense among some folks that McGee has been treated differently and we can be sure that he and his supporters will pursue that theme in the coming days.
I am one of those who believe that the McGees are a scourge on the community. But I would not expect a sitting alderman to actually behave (as opposed to talk)violently. Still, I have to believe that Chislom was aware of the political and social ramifications and that something significant prompted him to act as he did. Only time will tell.