Local prosecutors in Illinois now have the power to go after street gangs as criminal organizations, much like the way federal prosecutors often target members of the mob.
With the street gang problem out of control in the Chicago area, more police departments are turning to the use of street gang lawsuits that allow them to prevent gang members from hanging out with each other.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long insisted it would take more than a police force to rid some neighborhoods of gangs, guns and drugs. With a 52 percent rise in the murder rate so far this year, the Emanuel administration is now rolling out the “community” component to its crime-fighting efforts.
A new book spells out how Chicago area street gangs are using social media to plot and carry out their dirty work.
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