View Full Version : Chicago cops warned of gang violence in wake of video

11-25-2015, 05:59 PM

CHICAGO — After a night of loud, angry protests but only five arrests, police and elected officials were bracing Wednesday for more possible backlash over the release of a dramatic video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting at a black teenager as he lay on the street.

An internal Chicago Police Department safety alert distributed to police officers on Tuesday night warned that gang members may be looking to carry out an ambush against cops on the street in retaliation for the Laquan McDonald killing.

The memo, obtained Wednesday by USA TODAY, was issued following the release of chilling police video Tuesday night that shows Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old McDonald 16 times. Prosecutors charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder on Tuesday.

While protests were largely peaceful and resulted in only five arrests on Tuesday, the internal document suggest police were warning officers to be prepared for gang members to take advantage of the moment to target cops on the streets.

“The information indicates that gang members may utilize ambush-style tactics in order to shoot police officers in retaliation to recently publicized events,” the safety alert said. The document was obtained by USA TODAY from a law enforcement official who is knowledgeable about the ongoing policing efforts in the city in aftermath of the video’s release. The official was not authorized to distribute the document and asked not to be identified.

11-26-2015, 09:58 AM
How many "protestors" (rioters) are brought in from other states?

11-26-2015, 10:48 AM
The cop has been charged with murder. What more do protesters want?

11-26-2015, 11:13 AM
The cop has been charged with murder. What more do protesters want?

The cop killed without trial then all cops killed without trial or doing anything wrong. Nothing short will do.

11-26-2015, 11:52 AM
Chicago homicides from Nov. 24th - 25th

Six in two days. I can just imagine how many are going to occur over the holiday.

Two gang members charged with fatal shooting of Jacques Barnes in Englewood

59-year-old Kenneth Noble fatally shot, second man wounded in Englewood drive-by

George Carrero fatally shot while walking in Portage Park

Tamar Moore fatally shot while sitting in parked vehicle in Austin

Lamar Battle killed in drive-by shooting in Chicago Lawn

Juan Harris shot to death while talking to his girlfriend in West Englewood