Sent: Sunday, August 07, 2011 2:08 PM
Cc: 'Brown, Ernest T.'; Bruce Rottner; Isidor Ramos; firstname.lastname@example.org
Attention: Mayor Rahm Emanuel
As you probably know, early this morning (Sunday, August 7th at 12:48 AM) there was another shooting, resulting in death, in our neighborhood. I have lived in the North of Howard neighborhood of Rogers Park for 36 years and in the past decade violent crime has increased significantly, resulting in several deaths. This incident and others like it, is the result of the large groups (sometimes as many as 100 +) of people who are allowed to gather and congregate, drinking and drugging (usually late in the night and into the early morning hours) in and around Gale School, Willye White Park and the adjacent residential streets, where this latest shooting occurred. The neighborhood has long complained to the 24th District police that this kind of activity should not be allowed to occur at any time of day or night, with no success, certainly not in an ongoing, proactive, consistent basis. Hardly a night goes by in our community without the sound of gun shots.
We, the residents of the North of Howard community appeal to you to use your office to order that the 24th District police, specifically Beat 2422, immediately stop these kinds of gatherings and this kind of activity and not allow it to continue, period. We desperately need ‘proactive’ policing in our neighborhood!
On a related note, we also urge you to issue an order to the 24th District police that ‘gang shrines’ not be tolerated on our streets after such an incident. Just last week we had a group of local gang bangers establish a gang shrine/memorial on the corner of N. Paulina and W. Jonquil to ‘celebrate and remember’ one of their fellow gang bangers who was shot to death 4 or so years ago. The party went on well into the early morning hours. This is completely unacceptable and we want a zero tolerance policy imitated in regard to this matter.
Please see the following post threads in our neighborhood Blog on this aspect of these incidents, between myself and a former commander of the 24th District, who stated that they do in fact tolerate ‘gang shrines’ for a limited time!
Your assistance, action and response in regard to these matters will be greatly appreciated by all the residents of our neighborhood.
North Howard Neighbors Association