- Gang funerals in Chicago will be treated like “gang events” — with pat-downs and all of the police muscle that entails — because gang leaders have shown “no respect” for neighborhoods where those funerals take place, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday.
One day after Chicago Police officers showed up in force at a gang funeral, Emanuel warned gang leaders to get used to it. Gang funerals will no longer be treated as sacred events.
“Where there’s a gang funeral — given that they have shown no respect for a place of worship — we’re gonna change how they’re gonna operate. The Police Department is gonna change the way they deal with gang funerals,” the mayor said.
Seeing as how many of these "places of worship" are actually funded by the drug trade, you'd think they might hire their own security instead of Chicago providing free police service at the expense of all neighborhoods.
And remember, this kind of coverage doesn't come cheap:
- A police helicopter was on stand-by to escort the funeral procession to the cemetery and watch for illegal conduct but the burial was canceled because Miller’s family was apparently unable to pay the bill.
We guess Chicago is paying for the burial at some point, too. Truly a cradle-to-grave existence.