Ray Hanania's column commentary podcast of his weekly columnin the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News, theReporter Newspapers and IllinoisNewsNetwork.com. Topic: designating street gangs as terrorist organizations and denying them legal rights. Arrest known street gang members on sight. Published Oct. 6, 2016 in the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News and the Reporter Newspapers, and Illinois News Network online and the NewsAmericaNetwork.com online news site. Also published on www.RayHanania.com.
Stop murders by making street gang membership a jailable crime
SW News Herald, DVN, The Regional, The Reporter Oct. 6, 2016
By Ray Hanania
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing all he can to reduce skyrocketing violence plaguing many neighborhoods. Hiring 1,000 more police officers is a good start, but it’s not enough.
While we are all shocked by the escalating violence and murders in Chicago and to a lesser extent its neighboring suburbs, most of us don’t really experience it directly. We see it on TV and in the newspapers.
So I decided to help us understand the real problem, asking people who live in street gang infested neighborhoods plagued by violence and killings to share what it is really like.
After reading the responses, I’ve come to the conclusion street gangs are the problem. They are behind the majority of shootings and murders. We need to give the Police the power not only to respond to street gang violence, but they need to be able to aggressively crack down hard on it.
Most street gang members are known to the public and the police -- even if parents of these murderous thugs are afraid to acknowledge the truth about their own children. ...