September 03, 2010

Only in America

Gang Members Blast City, Police Policies.

At a news conference organized by self-identified gang members Thursday morning, several speakers complained that police and city officials do not respect them, and that the only way to curb violence is to provide jobs and improve their community.

The men who spoke out Thursday morning blamed poverty, drugs and a lack of jobs for the problems in the streets. They also said that Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis' meeting with so-called gang leaders was a waste of time.

But when asked what could be done right now to stop the daily barrage of bullets on Chicago streets, they didn't have an answer.

Of COURSE they didn't have an answer. Of COURSE they thought the meeting with the police chief was a waste of time. Of COURSE they blame anything and everything -- but themselves -- for the problems in their community.



(h/t to NB.)

Posted by Hube at September 3, 2010 11:26 AM | TrackBack

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I don't know who the gang members were in this case, but a lot of gang members join up out of mutual protection. Community policing is inadequate. They can either stay unaffiliated and be the butt of every gang's attacks or join a gang and expect mutual support and protection from someone. A lot of people take the second option.

Posted by: Jeff the Baptist at September 3, 2010 12:55 PM

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