The gang and drug houses at 3841 S. Honore and 3842 S. Honore are a source of ongoing problems for the neighborhood, CAPS officers said.

Gang, Drug Houses Identified at McKinley Park CAPS Meeting

Published June 9, 2016

Representatives of the Chicago Police Department and community members identified two McKinley Park residences as hotbeds of gang activity and drug sales during the June 8, 2016, meeting of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) for Beat 912.

Located across from each other in the 3800 block of South Honore, buildings at 3841 S. Honore and 3842 S. Honore house gang members who run an open-air drug market, neighbors alleged, and these addresses are an ongoing source of problems and crime, CAPS officers acknowledged.

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Several meeting participants described open-air drug sales and consumption, gatherings of dozens of gang members and many seeming narcotics customers in car and on foot, including middle school-aged students wearing uniforms from the nearby Evergreen Academy. CAPS officers noted past problems at these and adjacent addresses, and mentioned that recent efforts to evict gang members from one address resulted in them simply moving in next door.

Latin Counts graffiti in alley at 1834 W. Pershing Road, ChicagoGraffiti with iconography from the Latin Counts, a violent Chicago street gang, appeared in the alley by the problem buildings the same night of the CAPS meeting.Another challenge, CAPS officers said, is that the house at 3841 S. Honore is owned by a family who allow gang member relatives to use the property, and it is more difficult to employ the city's Department of Law to pursue crime-enabling private property owners than commercial landlords. Meeting participants described multiple gang members living in the basement of 3841 S. Honore and regular gatherings there of up to 60 gang members.

Despite complaints from meeting participants that their many phone calls had not made a dent in the gang and drug activity, CAPS officers encouraged residents to keep calling 911, since a high volume of complaints for specific addresses is required for them to convince the City of Chicago's Department of Buildings to inspect and issue punitive citations against the property owner.

When asked by residents why police weren't arresting individuals engaged in reported gang and drug activity, CAPS officers said they were hamstrung by the recent agreement between the City of Chicago and the American Civil Liberties Union that mandated changes to Chicago Police Department procedures, including stop-and-frisk and contact cards. CAPS officers also said the police were not capable of identifying suspects involved in the activity, could only pursue an arrest if they personally and directly witnessed a crime in progress, and did not have a plan or method for policing activity to stop this crime in the community.

Based on past crime reports, incidents in and adjacent to these addresses over the past year include narcotics possession, vandalism, criminal damage to vehicles, assault, kidnapping, aggravated battery with a handgun, aggravated battery against a police officer, and drive-by and sidewalk shootings.

The office of 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas noted their past and ongoing focus on this problem area in McKinley Park: The alderman's office has recently helped enable evictions of four gang-connected tenant families and the shuttering of an abandoned house used for gang activities on the block.

The next CAPS meeting for McKinley Park's Beat 912 is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, 2016, at St. Maurice Church Hall, 3625 S. Hoyne Ave., Chicago. It will include CAPS members appreciation activities, and community residents are invited to attend.

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