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Report: Street Gangs Targeting Chicago Police for Assassination

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, right, is blocked by one of three protestors as he tries to deliver a written statement about the recent release of police shooting video to television reporters outside the police department headquarters Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that three Chicago street gangs are conspiring to assassinate city police officers.

Leaders from three prominent gangs met last week to discuss the plan, according to an alert issued by the CPD.

The meeting took place Thursday between higher-ups from the Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers, according to an alert issued to department members the day after the meeting.

The Four Corner Hustlers “provided guns” and have “a sniper in place” though authorities do not know where, according to the alert. The Four Corner Hustlers also are supplying the other two gangs with automatic weapons, which all three factions also have agreed to use against police, the alert states.

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.”

Dean Angelo, president of Lodge 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police, said “rhetoric” from the attorney representing Paul O’Neal’s family and statements from Independent Police Review Authority head Sharon Fairley were both to blame for threats against police.

“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.”

“This should not surprise anyone that we have this type of antagonistic and threatening behavior towards police officers,” Angelo added.

So the Vice Lords et al. are teaming up with Black Lives Matter. I suppose this was a logical outcome as a result of Black Lives Matter’s incendiary rhetoric and radical advocacy. Both the gangs and BLM want the same thing: a reduced police presence in black communities with the cops under the thumb of protesters. The mob supplies the political pressure while the gangs supply the intimidation. It’s a winning combination — if you happen to be a gang banger or a black activist.

Note the instructions in the alert to “limit interactions and visibility.” The same thing is happening in Baltimore and other major cities where police are caught between the threat to them and the possibility of being involved in a life-changing confrontation. When the truth doesn’t matter as much as the continuing narrative about cops being “terrorists” and deliberately targeting blacks for death, the best course of action is to avoid any chance of either being caught in an ambush or being forced to shoot a black person.

Unfortunately, innocent people, already under duress by the ultra-violent street gangs as their neighborhoods have become shooting galleries, are going to be even less safe. Ultimately, it is they who are going to have to demand that BLM and their allies cease and desist this vicious attack on law enforcement officers who are tasked every day with performing an impossible job.