Maniac Latin Disciples
One suburban Chicago community is taking a street gang to court — not to criminal court, as is the standard practice nationwide — but to civil court.
It has been about a year since Chicago police brass promised to wipe out the Maniac Latin Disciples street gang on the Northwest Side, and a published report says the campaign appears to be working.
West suburban police are complaining about what they call the toothpaste effect – gang members being squeezed out of Chicago and into their communities.
A high-ranking member of a Northwest Side gang says a police crackdown has paralyzed the gang and sharply cut into its drug sales.
City Clerk Susana Mendoza has decided to do away with a controversial design that won the contest to be the next city vehicle sticker, amid fears it could be seen as depicting gang signs, but the 15-year-old boy who drew it insists his drawing “is clean.”
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy believes Chicago is a safer place to be since he started on the job nearly 100 days ago.
Police have issued a warrant for the arrest of a man wanted for his involvement in a shooting last week in Avondale Park, which wounded two small girls.
When Antonio Bucio allegedly pointed a .45-caliber handgun into a Northwest Side park and squeezed the trigger last week, his gang’s biggest rival was the Latin Kings.