Jermalle Brown (pictured) and Douglas Bufford were gang members hired to help combat violence on the South Side. In July 2012, they allegedly broke into a Grand Crossing home with one other man and announced a robbery. Bufford was fatally shot in the back of the head, and Brown and an associate face murder charges tied to the shooting.
Both Jermalle Brown and Douglas Bufford were gang members hired to play a small role in helping combat violence on the South Side through a program hatched by Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration. They were paid $8.50 an hour to hand out anti-violence pamphlets. But instead of fighting bloodshed on the South Side, Bufford is dead, and Brown is charged with his murder, putting a deadly blemish on Quinn's Neighborhood Recovery Initiative, which was pilloried last week in a report by Auditor General William Holland.