This is an interesting story from Chicago, Illinois. Gang members from Chicago called a news conference to complain 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 gang members beef is with Superintendent Weis who has threatened to go after gangs with Federal Law.
Weis held a meeting with the leaders of several West Side gangs over the weekend. At the meeting, prosecutors warned that the gang members could be charged under the federal racketeering laws if killings were traced back to their gang. The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, RICO, provides stiffer penalties for acts performed as part of a criminal organization such as the Mafia.
However, gang members have taken issue with the meeting. They said that they were tricked into coming to the meeting, and that it amounted to harassment. The gang leaders claim that this method is unconstitutional because they are considered guilty before innocent, premeditated arrest and indictment by Chicago Police hearsay and propaganda tactics. The gang members didn’t like being threaten by the use of the RICO statute at the “‘secret trick meeting’ the Chicago Police and others held with whom they deemed to be top gang leaders.
Officials countered by saying that anyone who thinks that they have a pass to commit crime in the city is wrong. The federal government goes after drugs, guns and gangs. If gang members aren’t involved in current violence, police will still prosecute them for doing drugs. Officials are not offering them any type of deal. The message they want to send is that if they are more violent, the more of a target they are.
Some of the gang members attending the meeting were from Tha Movement, Lords, Disciples, Kings, Stones, Hustlers, Souls and Cobras.