Police confronted over alleged ‘bait truck’ of Nike shoes left in black Chicago community

CHICAGO (WLS) —

There are calls for an investigation into a sting operation on Chicago’s South Side in which a train company used so-called “bait trucks” to arrest suspected thieves.

South Side activists say that action is deepening the divide between police and residents.

Chicago police said it was a Norfolk Southern Railway operation. That company confirmed it was working with CPD in the undercover sting.

Cell phone video, viewed more than half a million times, shows what appears to be at least a dozen officers in a covert sting. The goal, according to Norfolk Southern Railway, was to catch criminals stealing.

“Every day, unsolved murders. Drug infested. Prostitution, gang, infested and you would bring that type of element already in to a burning house,” said community activist Martin G. Johnson.

“I just felt it was unfortunate that we use our resources for this, when we are strained as it is with the police resources,” said 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer.

Sawyer was unaware this was happening and is outraged.

“As we’re trying to build trust between the community and police, this just tears it right apart,” he said.

“I’m out here every day fighting for the young guys in the Englewood community,” said activist Charles McKenzie

For McKenzie the undercover sting was a low blow.

Wednesday night Norfolk Southern released surveillance video it says shows men breaking in to a truck and taking boxes from inside.

In a statement the company confirmed it was working with Chicago police last week and “…conducted a joint surveillance operation to target individuals who have been breaking into freight containers at rail yards…”

“Youths were neither targeted nor arrested. The three individuals apprehended ranged in age from 21 to 59,” the statement said.

“How can we trust CPD when they’re doing things like that. And let me get this correct, every CPD not bad, you know we have some good officers that serve and protect well. Honestly. But when they do things like that, it makes all the rest of them look bad,” McKenzie said.

Norfolk Southern said three people were apprehended, and their ages varied from 21 to 59.

A spokeswoman also said the truck was unmarked and locked, and inside were retail shoes.

The ACLU condemned the operation tonight police should focus on reform and improving community relationships.

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Chicago: 75% of Murdered Are Black, 71% of Murderers Are Black The numbers are horrifying.

After hearing about a woman attempting to start a sex-strike in Chicago, ultimately based on the Ancient Greek play Lysistrata, to end the gun violence, we thought it would be good to dig into the numbers a little bit. We wish we hadn’t.

Simply put, Chicago has a massive Black-on-Black murder problem. All of the data below comes from the Chicago Police Department. You can access it here.

In 2011, the latest data officially released by the Chicago Police, there were 433 homicides. Of these, just 128 (29%) had a corresponding prosecution.

VICTIMS

83.4% of deaths were from shootings, 6.7% stabbings, and 6.5% assaults. Of the 362 firearm homicides, 351 (97%) were from handguns. 77% of all homicide victims had a prior arrest history. Victims were 90% male.

Victims by Age:

Victims by Race:

What stands out the most looking at both charts and knowing that 90% of the victims are male is that a lot of young, Black men are being killed in Chicago. No race comes even close to overall deaths by homicide. Keep in mind that based on 2010 Census numbers, only 33% of Chicago’s population was classified as Black.

OFFENDERS

In 2011, there were 140 convicted offenders for the 128 victims with an associated prosecution. There were more offenders than victims because 10.7% of homicides had two offenders and 10.0% had three or more offenders convicted. 87% of all offenders had a prior arrest history. Offenders were 88% male.

Offenders by Age:

Offenders by Race:

The data on offenders also tells a troubling story: Young, Black males are overwhelmingly committing most of the murders. Based on the data on the victims, that means young, Black males are primarily killing other young, Black males. What a terrible situation.

Now, we can and should debate about the causes, but let us just say that it’s hard to believe that racism is the root of it. Yes, some will argue that systemic racism traps Blacks in poverty, but does that explain why Blacks would seem to target other Blacks with such overwhelming violence and frequency compared to any other race? Furthermore on the race issue, it’s interesting to note that the Hispanics seem to actually murder more than they are murdered, while both Whites and Blacks are indeed murdered more than they murder.

Looking at the troubling statistics, is it reasonable to be reminded of Don Lemon’s (a Black, CNN anchor) somewhat famous and controversial comments during the George Zimmerman acquittal in 2013:

“‘Black people,’ Lemon said, ‘if you really want to fix the problem, here’s just five things that you should think about doing.’

The No. 1 item on that list — ‘and probably the most important,’ he said — had to do with out-of-wedlock births.

‘Just because you can have a baby, it doesn’t mean you should,’ Lemon said. ‘Especially without planning for one or getting married first. More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers. And the studies show that lack of a male role model is an express train right to prison and the cycle continues.'”

What Lemon describes is a culture problem. It’s not that there isn’t culture, it’s whether or not it is the type that truly promotes human flourishing. Watching videos like the one below, our hearts go out to any mom or dad (hopefully, both) trying to raise a child right in such carnage.

Devin is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Intellectual Takeout and a graduate of Hillsdale College where he studied history and political science. Prior to co-founding Intellectual Takeout, he served as the Director of Development at the Center of the American Experiment, a state-based think tank in Minnesota. Devin is a contributor to local and national newspapers, a frequent guest on a variety of talk shows, such as Minneapolis’ KTLK and NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and regularly shares culture and education insights by giving presentations to civic groups, schools, and other organizations. In 2011, he was named a Young Leader by the American Swiss Foundation. Devin and his wife have been married for seventeen years and have five children. When he’s not working, Devin enjoys time with family the most while also relaxing through reading, horticulture, home projects, and skiing and snowboarding.

Watch Devin Foley and Christina Hoff Sommers recently discuss the question, “Is there a war against men?

Nearly 40 Shot in 3 Days in Chicago!

New reports reveal a deadly wave of gun violence in Chicago. A 15-year old boy, a young mother, and even a four-year-old girl sitting on her porch have all been shot dead.

These are just a few of the nearly 40 people who were gunned down in Chicago over a mere three-day period this week.

This level of violence is usually not seen until the middle of summer in Chicago, but as temperatures reached into the 80’s this week criminals were drawn into the streets.

On Monday, one person was shot dead and nine others were wounded. A day later, 12 people were hit by gunfire in a 12-hour period.

However, Wednesday was the worst of all with at least 14 people shot in just nine-hours. This included a 15-year-old boy who was shot in the head while riding the bus home from school.

A women is overcome with emotion upon learning that her two grandsons were found fatally shot in the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago. (Photo/Chris Sweda/AP)

Chicago police say most of the violence is drug related and involve gang members spraying bullets from their cars in drive-by attacks.

“The violence that you’ve seen in the last 24-hours over here is directly resulted from three different factions of the same gang,” explained Eddie Johnson, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. “I won’t name because I won’t let those names come out of my mouth, but suffice to say we have an idea of who’s driving the violence.”

In 2017 alone, the city saw more than 2,300 shootings resulting in 650 deaths, eclipsing the number of killings in New York and Los Angeles combined.

Those who think gun control is the solution may want to think again.

Chicago — the hometown of former President Barrack Obama — has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.

The city’s current crisis could prove that taking away Second Amendment rights may not bring an end to gun violence.

In Chicago’s case, restrictions on firearms have been met only with a wave of senseless crime — meaning an increase in innocent unarmed people being robbed of their lives.

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