Didn't We Cover This?
The Fraternal Order of Police is fuming about the city’s decision to grant a permit that paved the way for a Memorial Day weekend march honoring the birthday of David “King David” Barksdale, founder of the Black Disciples street gang.
The parade along Ashland Avenue was held on Saturday, apparently without incident. Chicago Police officers assigned to the event were forewarned to expect trouble because the Black Disciples have “strong ties” to the Black Gangster Disciples.
“It’s an anti-violence group very similar to groups like Cease Fire. They use their life experiences to deter youth from going down the wrong path. We also have information from police on the scene that group participants were holding signs that said, `Put down the drugs. Put down the guns,’ “ she said.
Bond insisted that there was “nothing in the permit that indicated criminal activity or a threat.” Why, then was an advisory issued to police officers three days before the event?
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