Chicago gang members hold press conference to … criticize police, city

Posted by: ST on September 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm

We’ll stop our thuggery – only if you give us some jobs! Via CBS 2 – Chicago:

At a news conference organized by self-identified gang members Thursday morning, several speakers complained that police and city officials do not respect them, and that the only way to curb violence is to provide jobs and improve their community.

The self-described current and former gang members held a news conference at the Columbus Park Refectory, at 5701 W. Jackson Blvd. on the city’s West Side.

“You say it’s gangs, drugs and guns. We say we need jobs, opportunities and contracts,” said Reginald Akeem Berry Sr., who identified himself as a former gang member. “That’s the resolution.”

They are taking issue with police Supt. Jody Weis’ strategy of meeting with gang leaders and warning them of serious consequences if violence continues.

Weis held a meeting with the reputed leaders of several West Side gangs at the Garfield Park Conservatory over the weekend. At the meeting, prosecutors warned that the gang members could be charged under the federal racketeering laws if killings were traced back to gangs with members attending the meeting.


But at the news conference, the speakers said the city should be working to place young African-American men in jobs, particularly those with criminal records who have paid their debt to society.

“The problem with them is that they’re giving us an ultimatum – quit – instead of an alternative. But we’re offering these young men an alternative, saying, ‘Get off the corner selling these bags, and come to this construction site and pick up this brick,” Akeem Berry said.

Another speaker, Barrion Dupree El, 34, identified himself as a member of the Conservative Vice Lords, and said he has pride in his affiliation.

“It wasn’t to tear down our community. It was to uplift the fallen stages of humanity,” he said.

All the speakers said repeatedly that they do not condone the violence in the community and “gang banging” and want to stop it. But they argued that gangs are not the cause of the violence.

“You keep saying gang violence. It’s drug-related. It’s not gang related. It’s drug related,” Akeem Berry said.


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16 Responses to “Chicago gang members hold press conference to … criticize police, city”


  1. Phineas says:

    “Yeah, Just give us jobs and all the trouble will stop. Really.”

    And thus was Capone’s mob “mainstreamed.”

  2. Zippy says:

    That’s almost funny if it weren’t so dang silly. I can understand giving people a chance but ..and this is a BIG BUTT … one has to take that chance by taking responsibility for oneself and NOT blaming the cops etc etc et al for their inability to make a life. What a concept..responsibility!

    I am not convinced they would trade in their drug money for an honest day’s pay..

  3. NC Cop says:

    Absolutely unreal.

    And the press give these idiots the coverage they want.

    “It wasn’t to tear down our community. It was to uplift the fallen stages of humanity,” he said.

    This is the latest trick they use. The Latin Kings in Greensboro, NC actually had one run for office. They sell themselves as “social justice” groups, but the bottom line is they are street thugs.

  4. Xrlq says:

    Phineas, most of Capone’s mob was mainstreamed after Prohibition was lifted. Query whether today’s drug dealers would be equally mainstreamable if their racket dried up also. Not that there’s anywhere near the public appetite for drug legalization now than there was for ending Prohibition then, so the question is mostly academic.

  5. Steve Hussein Skubinna says:

    So these ignorant tattooed thugs have a press conference to whine that the cops don’t “respect” them? Yeah, it’s always all about respect, for these useless uncivilized slugs who cannot create, cannot contribute, and can only tear down. You want respect? Then how about you do something respectable, how about you strive to be a person worthy of respect?

    “Respect” is a big deal in shame based cultures, like the Muslim world. It’s a big deal in tribal cultures (again, ummm… like the Muslim world). It’s always demanded and never earned. It’s always the excuse for every barbarism they create, every ill they inflict. I am so pleased to have these exemplars of the worst of humanity embedded in our society, as a constant reminder of what humans will become if the constraints of civiliation are broken down.

    Incidentally, these predators in human form are the end result of eco-terrorist psycho James Lee’s creed. This is what humanity will be reduced to if his kind are permitted to chart our course. In fact, these creatures are the heirs of leftism, where only human appetites are acknowledged and never human restraint and dignity.

  6. Kate says:

    Kind of reminds me of that West Side Story song, Officer Krupke….after all the psycho/sociological babble in the end they are all just bad seed who don’t want to change.

    They sing the blues about being abused,
    They wail about how society holds them down,
    They complain that the urban schools are no good
    They are waiting for that handout not that hand up.

    Why didn’t they stay in school and listen to the teacher?
    Why didn’t they say no to drugs…and avoid bad influencing people?
    Why do they continue to listen to the Rev. Wrights of the world?

    When are they going to learn they are responsible for their community and for their own actions?

    This little news conference confirms it….NEVER, as long at there are enablers in the government and society in general.

  7. Paul says:

    Drugs and violence = Gangs. It’s the old “Blame the man” jive and there is no sign of gang bangers taking any responsibility for changing their ways !

  8. Dennis Bennett says:

    Instead of the Katrina-style “work-ethic” of stealing, shooting and using drugs to feel good, I suggest these cowards start by volunteering at the local soup kitchen, walking their son(s) to school, taking their “friend” to drug rehab, going to AA and learning how to beat the dependency issue. For Chicago’s sake, stop waiting for the bus to rescue you!!

  9. Zippy says:

    Bingo Dennis!

  10. Carlos says:

    People in denial are always waiting for something better – a better girlfriend, a better job, a better car, a better everything – and the reason they don’t have those things is that the world won’t let them. It’s the cops, it’s the neighbors, it’s society, it’s the government (that already gives them everything legal they have), it’s the other gangs, it’s the shop owners, the list is endless.

    My only advice to them is, either grow up or go back to diapers.

  11. Steve Skubinna says:

    People in denial are always waiting for something better – a better girlfriend, a better job, a better car, a better everything –

    Jeez, Carlos, you didn’t have to go and make it personal! I hate you.

  12. Carlos says:

    Sorry, Steve. The truth hurts sometimes, and this particular one is one that lots of folks never do learn, and one they try to hide from kids in government schools now.

    Just guessing, but using your past comments as a guide I’d guess you learned it long ago.

  13. Steve Skubinna says:

    Well, the job and car is all right, but a better girlfriend wouldn’t be so bad…

  14. nina says:

    They should go and meet with Barry at the WH and ask for jobs. All these hoodlums are from his district.<:-p

  15. Carlos says:

    Unfortunately, now that he’s prez because of the overflow of fools having a willing suspension of belief year, the whole country is his “home district” now.

    But seriously, he really should pay more attention to the lower members of his ‘hood thug gang. They may be real unhappy when he gets back from his 74th vacation at the end of his single term in office.

  16. Joseph says:

    I do not condone violence nor gang banging. You would have to honestly live there to understand Chicago’s urban culture. Drugs, laws, and also things like gentrification made a very heavy impact on the society.

    You have law officials that are crooked, judges that are racist and bias. Honestly for an African American male it’s a depressing situation. I grew up on the south side of Chicago and in my childhood it was not that bad. Yeah we had crime but not to this extent.

    It wasn’t until the closing of the projects that the murder rate significantly increased but in the projects in the 80’s and 90’s, this was an everyday occurrence. Actually the crime rate was worse. But it wasn’t reported, it wasn’t on the news like today. Why would any body care about a bunch of minorities living in high rise shoe boxes, then when you spread those thousands of people whom were basically dumped in the bowls of the city where crime basically goes unpunished, anyone with common sense could see the outcome, VIOLENCE.

    Instead of funding for schools and other organizations for low income communities they buy big dumb ass chrome beans for downtown Chicago. Little things like that contributes to the pollution that resides in the four corners of Chicago. Change the laws for people whom made a mistake and got incarcerated. Why should you have to be condemned for the rest of your life because you have a felony. At least expunge the non-violent crimes.

    Its hard enough to get a job for the average person let alone someone with felony. But honestly the jail system pays, its another form of isolation can’t tear down cook county. And for my black people we need to break the chain raise or kids, quit making excuses when your son bashes a boys head in with a 2X4. Take your kids places other than hood spots, so they can see that there is a better life than what their used. It might add goals