CHICAGO (CBS) — Alderman Raymond Lopez is not backing away from comments that apparently provoked a street gang’s threats against him.
Chicago Police started providing security for Raymond Lopez and his family after the 15th Ward Alderman remarked that he was glad that, in his words, “no innocent lives were lost” in a rash of shootings Sunday in the Brighton Park community.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cool Lake Breeze Next 3 Days
Three people were killed, and the gang they reportedly belonged to, threatened Lopez.
He is not regretting the statement. WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports.READ MORE: How Will Chicago Police Hold Officers Accountable on New Search Warrant Rules? City Officials Sidestepped The Question
“The point remains that we have people who are willing to kill indiscriminately to maintain this culture of gang violence and retaliatory warfare in our communities,” Lopez said. “Standing up against that is what brought this on. Not remaining silent is what brought this on.”
He has often spoken out against gangs and gang violence.
“Nobody told those young people to become gang members, to create a gang memorial and to make themselves targets,” Lopez said.MORE NEWS: Lightfoot, CPD Announce Changes To Search Warrant Policies; Police To Begin Tracking Wrong Raids Resulting From Faulty Information
Police were trying to diffuse the situation.