Knock That Off!
When Labar "Bro Man" Spann rolled into Garfield Park Conservatory in his wheelchair, he thought he was headed to a routine parole meeting.
Then, he saw Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis, other top law enforcement officials and the reputed leaders of several West Side street gangs.
The meeting, it turned out, was anything but routine.
The lawmen were there to deliver a message.
"They said they would get us if we don't stop the killing," Spann said.
A police spokesman declined to comment on the under-the-public's-radar gathering, which was part of something called the Chicago Gang Violence Reduction Initiative.
"Every law enforcement agency was there to show we're on the same team," one law enforcement source said. "It's a new approach. We're telling these guys: 'You got to cut the violence -- or else. The first gang that kills somebody, we will go full barrel after your whole gang.' "
When one of those gangs is involved in a killing, sources said, authorities plan to make their leaders' lives miserable, doing everything from towing their cars for parking violations, to ramping up parole visits, to pulling them over repeatedly for traffic stops.
ATTENTION IDIOTS - There is a reason the United States of America has a public policy that it doesn't meet or negotiate with terrorists. It gives terrorists legitimacy. It gives them recognition. It gives them a seat at the table. What this meeting has done is grant the gangs exactly that. It is also a tacit admission (and don't think any of them missed it) that the Chicago Police Department isn't in control of the streets.
Someone get a mop - Loevy & Loevy, Flint Taylor and countless other bottom feeders just started drooling so hard they passed out.