Yesterday's incident http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-at-least-3-wounded-in-south-side-shooting-20111105,0,4322644.story brought me back to Shayla Raymond a 15 year old who was struck by a car fleeing an individual at the 87th King Drive intersection. http://thesixthward.blogspot.com/2010/03/15-year-old-girl-dies-in-chatham-hit.html. Also, Zero Tolerance a topic I have discussed in the past.
Over the last several years http://concernedcitizensofchatham.blogspot.com/2010/02/man-found-fatally-stabbed-in-chatham-do.html
http://concernedcitizensofchatham.blogspot.com/2011/06/wtf-pimpin-continues.html. I have called for allowing the Chicago Police Department to institute a Zero Tolerance Policy. Many have said "be careful for what you wish for because you might just get it", but at this point the Chicago Police Department, Roderick Sawyer, Alderman of the 6th ward, Chatham area community based organizations and concerned citizens have to make a strong statement. "NOT HERE AND NOT ON MY BLOCK". Over the past several years their have been some high profile incidents and the fact is the perpetrators are coming into or through the Chatham community. This must stop, the fear of being arrested must be put on the minds of those who think they can run through and pillage and Chatham is not a "hangout" spot.
Our Mayor, Rahm Emmanuel loves to do drive by's in the community for photo ops but will not answer the question "Why Can't We Light Up 79th Street"?. Our Chief of Police, Garry McCarthy dissed the community by not showing up to a community meeting and has stated he has been in our community more than any others but has yet showed us the policing strategy that made him a rock star on the Brick City series. Also, he has yet to fulfill the promise he made to the young people of our community at Peace in the Park.
Yes, the City of Chicago can be blamed but the residents of the community have to step up and demand that we get better city services and select politicians that can get the job done. If we continue to reelect politicians who are sound bites and not "bring home the bacon" politicians we are going at this backwards. Continuing to spend money on security systems, cameras, surveillance help bu will not the problem and community organizations with "Bloods and Crips" attitudes must stop immediately. Once we stand up and say I'm sick and tired of this $@^%!, then and only then will it stop.