Let’s Meet: Chicago Police’s New Approach To Gangs
In Chicago, police are trying a different approach to stop gang violence.
First, they meet with gang members and let them hear firsthand from residents who are tired of violence. The gangs are even offered help finding jobs.
But then comes the part you might call “All for One and One for All”: If any one gang member is suspected of a serious crime, police arrest as many of the group as they can find for any other infraction they might have committed.
Police are experimenting with the controversial approach — rounding up as many as 60 gang members in one crackdown — on Chicago’s west side.
Chicago has one of the largest gang populations in the country, and police have targeted one of the most notorious gangs operating in the city, as it tries to bust drug sales and drive down gang-related murders and violence. Last month, police and the FBI arrested scores of members of the Vice Lords gang, spurred by the murder of an off-duty officer in 2008.