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Chicago Gang Cop Describes 'Tribal Warfare' On Streets

July 12, 2012  | 

A Chicago gang enforcement officer described the city's spike in gang violence as "tribal warfare" that has gone unchecked because of the lack of gang leaders.

Sgt. Matt Little leads one of the teams in Chicago's Gang Enforcement Unit. There are about 200 such officers in the city compared to 100,000 gang members, reports CBS News.

"Almost all the violence we're seeing now is from the gangs," Little told CBS News. "When there's a shooting we'll respond to the shooting. We'll figure out where we believe the most likely area for retaliation is and we'll work that area trying to both prevent retaliation and possibly build a case on offenders."

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Powderman @ 7/12/2012 6:28 PM

Why? This approach is retroactive at best. I grew up in Chicago, and the gang issue has been there for well over 50 years. 200 officers will not do it. Drastic action is needed--declare any and all gang activity as an organized criminal activity under RICO, arrest all gang members on sight, and make membership in any gang that practices criminal acts a crime in itself. Seize any and all property belonging to gang members, and sentence them to prison terms. Proven fact--if you hit someone in the pocketbook, they'll stop and think.

maverick @ 7/12/2012 10:03 PM

We need boots on the ground. Time to start stomping criminal scum to the sidewalk. You want to join a gang, well it's time to stick you in the slophouse for 30 years tough guy. The unmanned drones that will be patrolling from the sky and eliminating these animals can't come soon enough.

Ret. Chicago Police Sgt @ 7/13/2012 7:37 AM

I was a CPD Sgt. for over 20 yrs and can tell you that Jane Addams wrote about Chgo gangs back at the turn of the 20th Century. The issue now is that the Supt is an outsider who thinks he can run CPD life New York, he is wrong. He disbanded Mobile Strike Force Units that were volunteers trained to seek and deter gang activity. He took those troops, broke their morale and put them in beat cars to make it appear that there were more officers on the street. It was a major error. Beat cops do great work, but as in the military, you send in spl. units to do spl jobs. UBL was taken out by SEALS, not regular sailors. Now the Supt & the Little Mayor with the big ego are wedded to this policy. When the death toll reaches 300+, the Supt will be gone. Mobile Strike Force Units, SOS, SOG have been part of CPD since the late 60's for a reason; that reason being they are effective.

Tom Ret @ 7/13/2012 3:24 PM

Chicago cops have a hard and dangerous job. They need good leadership,
and a public supported get tough policy against gangs.

Tim @ 7/14/2012 1:42 PM

I was CPD for 35 yrs worked Tactical units,Incidentcars etc. for 23 of them. The city needs to hire more real Police ,men who can do the job!WE are at a point where just hiring people must stop. WE need units of men who are willing to kick ass and take back control of the streets like it was in the 60,70,s. Get rid of useless politicians like rhamn and tell Mccarthy thanks but no thanks.Get a real supt. that has some balls and a Mayor to back him up.

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