Gangs To Retaliate For Police Fatal Shooting of Paul O’Neal
By Kai EL’ Zabar
It’s been reported that leaders from three Chicago gangs met last week to engage plans to target police officers in response to the officer-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, citing an alert issued to Chicago officers, reported Monday that the meeting took place on Thursday between the gangs Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers. The three gangs are located primarily in the Austin and Harrison districts, which cover much of the West Side.
In an email Monday afternoon, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: “To safeguard the integrity of operations, the department does not comment on any security measures.”
According to police sources, department members have also been advised to “limit interactions and visibility.”
Based on what the paper, reported, the Four Corner Hustlers have “provided guns” and pinpointed a “sniper in place.” However, authorities are still unsure where the alleged sniper spot is placed. The gang is also funneling weapons to the other two gangs.
True to form, Dean Angelo, the president of Lodge 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police, said the O’Neal family attorney and statements from the Independent Police Review Authority were to blame for the threats.
“We had inflammatory and false rhetoric coming from (Michael Oppenheimer) and statements that weren’t true,” Angelo said. “You also have a lead investigator in police-involved deaths talking about how shocking and disturbing this is.”
The question is, Is it possible that the gangs viewed the video and saw what most people saw, the police clearly shooting O’Neal that was not threatening their lives? The video captures O’neal fleeing from an alleged stolen jaguar making a run for it after the police had shot into the car as he was driving causing him to wreak the automobile. As he fled he was shot in the back.
unfortunately, the response is not what the city needs but is reflective of the gang mentality. Police chased the teen into a South Shore neighborhood on July 28 after he allegedly stole a vehicle..
The Video released last week purportedly showed some chaos before O’Neal’s death. Police said the body camera of the officer who shot and killed him wasn’t recording.
Its seems questionable that the police’s body cam malfunctioned but more likely the cop disconnected the camera based on his intentions. Such as it is the case has to address the gaps and rely on the police report. This creates a lack of evidence to prove premeditation or intent to kill without probable cause.
Superintendent Johnson took action to strip the policemen involved of their weapons. This has this cause the CPD to be dissatisfied and disgruntled.
Chief Johnson hasn’t said what policies they may have violated, but department policy largely prohibits shooting at a vehicle if it’s the only threat to officers.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who appointed Johnson, said Monday it was too early to decide whether police officers need more training. However he did say that he supports Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s decision to strip police powers from the officers who fired their weapons at O’Neal.