Chicago gang members respond to law enforcement’s ultimatum

NJ.com
September 03, 2010
Current and former Chicago gang members held an unprecedented press conference Thursday, responding to threats made by police Superintendent Jody Weis.

In a private Aug. 17 meeting, Weis along with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, summoned local gang leaders under the pretense of a required parole session, according to a exclusive report by the Chicago Sun-Times.

His message was clear; If there were any more gang-related shootings, gang leaders — not just the assailants — will be held responsible and prosecuted under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The federal statute targets criminal organizations such as the Mafia and implements harsher penalties for crimes.

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