In what has been yet another hot summer for Black folks in America, as far as interactions with police are concerned, a number of Black folks have been gunned down by police. One of the cases is that of Paul O’Neal, an 18-year-old Chicago police shot down for allegedly stealing a Jaguar in the suburbs. The city of Chicago was simmering already, given the killing of Laquan McDonald and the police torture site, among many other controversies. It seems like O’Neal’s death may have been the boiling point for some. According to Chicago police, shot callers from three notorious sets on the West Side of the Chi met to plan attacks on police officers.
The three gangs that met were the Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers from the Austin and Harrison districts of the city. According to FOX 32, the sets made plans to shoot cops. It was reported:
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 are also supplying the other two gangs with automatic weapons, which all three factions have also agreed to use against police, the alert states.
It is not said how the police became aware of the meeting, but the department has taken precaution:
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.”