Good afternoon, everyone. Since I'm not live-blogging this afternoon, I decided I will share this story with all of you. I first heard about this story at a CAPS meeting a few weeks ago, but haven't been able to sit down and make a post about it. Anyway, WBEZ did a story on two 14th District Police Officers who were in the middle of a truly intimidating scene.
According to what I've heard and seen, these two officers caught an alleged gang member (pictured in the back of a squad car in the video) doing something somewhere in the District, possibly a crime, and either were taking him back home or to the scene of the crime for witnesses to identify him. The video appears to have been shot on Spaulding near Wabansia. So then, a group of Latin Kings came up to the scene and beginned to videotape and harass this alleged gang members. In the video, they could be heard shouting "KING LOVE!!", "N***A!!" and other unintelligible crap while beginning to surround the squad car.
Here is the video and story.
I know this will bring out every single cop hater out of the woodwork, or may even turn some people against the CPD, but hey, I'm publishing this story. The main reason behind me this story is because at the CAPS meeting I attended, a community resident had a petition for people to sign to support these officers, who are fighting an investigation over this. The community resident told me that these two officers had confronted the gang members once they came up to the squad car and called for back-up. The crowd dispersed without incident. And to be completely honest, the officers in the video did exactly that. You could hear the female officer telling one gang member to put down his "fucking hand", and it looks like to me she made a movement to shield the alleged gang member in the squad car.
Comment moderation will be highly enforced for this post. We have the ability, I believe, to discuss things as civil adults, and not as a bunch of clowns who have their head shoved up their you-know-what.