WTF?! Chicago Gangs Hold A Press Conference To Tell Cops “You’re Not Playing Fair!”

- By Bossip Staff

What in the devil’s lair is this foolishness! Gangs hold press conferences now? Members of the Vice Lords and other current and former gang members called a press conference to speak out on Chicago police department efforts to shut them down.

CHICAGO (AP) – Several current and ex-gang members lashed out at Chicago’s police chief on Thursday, calling his so-called “gang summit” initiative to crack down on crime a wasted effort that will have little effect on the streets of the county’s third largest city.

After calling a news conference outside a park district building, gang members complained to assembled TV cameras about the ultimatum police Superintendent Jody Weis gave them at a recent meeting – that if gangs resort to violence, police will go after their leaders.

In response, they offered their own message to police: You’re not playing fair.

“Is it possible for one person to micromanage a group?” Vice Lords gang member Jim Allen asked reporters, wearing a black baseball cap with the words, “Mess with the Best, Die like the Rest.” ”We will not be responsible for anyone’s actions but our own.”

Weis is facing mounting criticism for holding the unpublicized Aug. 17 meeting with reputed gang leaders, even though several police departments across the country have relied on similar approaches for decades to help reduce crime.

Some reputed members of gangs like the Four Corner Hustlers and the Traveling Vice Lords said they were surprised to see Weis there after being told by their parole officers to show up. Many were visibly angry, with some even leaving the meeting, which was first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The police chief has defended the initiative with the support of Mayor Richard M. Daley and U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who likened the tactic to his office holding parolee forums to warn people leaving prison that they’ll be watched.

Weis told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his message was simple: “If you should resort to violence, we’ll sharpen our focus on you and really, really make your lives uncomfortable. You have the ability to influence people within your sphere. You guys are in the position to stop the killing.”

Weis said prosecutors at the Aug. 17 meeting threatened attendees that they could be charged under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act if killings were traced back to gangs with members attending the meeting. The federal law, commonly known as RICO, provides stiffer penalties for acts performed as part of a criminal organization such as the Mafia.

At Thursday’s unlikely media event, activist Mark Carter criticized Daley and the police department, asking how gang leaders could be asked to take responsibility for their subordinates when city government leaders don’t take responsibility for alleged misdeeds by their employees.

“Is the mayor going to be held accountable for the corruption that takes place under his watch?” he said at the news conference. “And the biggest gang in the city of Chicago is the Chicago police department.”

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  • Tracy


    • SoKali

      Lock all of em up! Gangs are the worst part about living in a black neighborhood. Got me scared to go places at night.

    • Robert

      Why should cops play fair with gang members. Just shoot them up slap the taste out of their mouth and tell them to shut the F up and go to school and we would be straight. Lucky I am not Mayor of Chicago, it would be 1 8 7 on every gang member till the streets were safe for little girls to go to school. Possession of an illegal weapon would get you 30 years min.

    • 23

      “Not fair”, whatever. Its not fair innocent people are getting killed because of gangs. When those criminals came into that room, the police should have cleaned house and gotten rid of all of them.

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  • Nut Sack

    Chicago gang held press conference before.

  • Nut Sack

    The Chicago Police Department has taken some heat from the public and politicians for their secret meeting with Chicago’s gang leaders in August. Some accused the department of “negotiating with urban terrorists,” and now–the gang leaders themselves are criticizing the “gang summit.”

    According to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mary Mitchell, the leaders gathered at 10 a.m. at the Columbus Park Refectory on the West Side “to denounce Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis’ threats to crack down on gang leaders.”

    Members of the Vice Lords, Disciples, Kings, Stones, Hustlers, Souls and Cobras were reportedly on hand to share their concern with the public.

    This bizarre press conference is a response to an alleged police department vow to make gang “leaders’ lives miserable” at a secret August meeting. A source told the Sun-Times the police would be using RICO laws to do “everything from towing their cars for parking violations, to ramping up parole visits, to pulling them over repeatedly for traffic stops” if they did not stop the violence.

    Weis and Mayor Daley came out in support of the police tactic, and the tactic has been used for decades to help reduce crime in other cities.

    “It’s a good concept,” Daley said. “You know, sit down with anyone. We’ll negotiate after the second world war. We’ll negotiate with anyone to have peace. Even during the war. So sit down with anyone. If you save one life, if I can save your son’s life, you want me to sit down with them.”

    But gang members on the West Side–which has been particularly violent this summer–feel the department took the wrong approach.

  • rude gurl

    At least their intelligent enough to hold a press conference. More power to em.

  • nana

    PURE Baffonery!

  • willy b hardigan

    I wonder if they realize how sissy they look? Hopefully they have a slumber party next.

  • CuttieJayla

    lol black guys are always killing each other hahahahahahahahaha idiots. I like what they’re doing for once.

    • noloveforthestupid

      if they had any sense they would be killing your kind of. now i can’t wait for that

  • !!!

    Why were these d!ck heads given air time? They are responsible for most of the violence in Chicago. Lock their a$$es up under the RICO Act and call it a day. I don’t give a damn what they have to say when innocent children are being taken out by stray bullets


    WTF!!! is right…. Too many children are dying and this isn’t fair.

    I personally don’t care how the game is played because when innocent kids are being killed indiscriminately the game don’t need to be fair to bring these fools to justice.

    I say if they are in a gang the police can shoot first and ask questions later. Meaning if they are rocking gang affiliation shoot to kill because this is the same way children are being killed.

  • pretty beast

    These dumb @sses!! Just flippin DUMB. U can call press conferences and lead/control entire gangs….sounds like u coulda took yo @ss to college. Essentially you want to be allowed to continue genocide without police interference. GTFOH. Dumb @sses!

  • Geroge

    Gang leaders looking like some slobs and some cartoons. Also, When did it say in the gang member handbook that you talk to cops and tell them that they aren’t playing fair. The whole life and existence of gangs and gangemembers is about not playing fair. When they are about to do drive-by’s, do they let the unsuspecting person or innocent kid who may get hit by a stray know that they are going to shoot up the block. Lock up gang leaders or shoot them and call it a night. Slap up those kids and slap their parents up and we have a day.

  • iRoqq

    Wow. Just Woww. Chicago is still gnna be a foqkd up place.

  • Kaylybb

    This is stupid. And I’m not the only person in Chicago who thinks so. Wth are you doing? Having a press conference/board meeting or whtvr is for civilized conversation. There’s nothing civilized about shooting anyone, KIDS INCLUDED, walking down the street. so many stray bullets have killed so many kids. Police should be at odds with gangs, Not having powwows with them. Stricter laws.

  • ag

    Why don’t they get together and “micromanage” some positive businesses? SMDH@gangs upset that a police chief told black men to stop killing each other. Register some voters and leave that self-hating hood mentality behind.

  • ka$H

    This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever read…



  • the other me

    uhhhhh…really? what’s next? Inmates start complaining about the food being served behind bars?

  • think about it

    If you would read the article the are not complaining about the police doing their job they are complaining about gang leaders being responsible for other gang members action. Thats just like saying if your child go out kill someone, they will charge the parents instead of the child; because parents’ are responsible for the action of their child. Yes I wish they will stop the B.O.B. killing. But if all the king leaders are locked up then who will they lock up if another gang member kill someone. I think they need to focus more on cleaning up the streets and education. Develop programs that give our black boy & girls role models to look up to beside the local drug dealer or t.v. rappers.

  • mouth

    Most of these KIDS just want a family. The gangs give them what they THINK is one. They just see it as taking up for family.

    We should just make sure they have other things to be involved in that’ll give them that same feeling of FAMILY.

    Boys and Girls club does that a LOT. They just need more financial support.

    Wish i had it to give them…

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