Chicago GANGS

Four Corner Hustler Deandre Spann Pleads Guilty in Racketeering Case

(Sun Times Wire) Another member of the Four Corner Hustlers has pleaded guilty as a sweeping street gang trial nears at the Dirksen Federal Courthouse, records show. Deandre Spann pleaded guilty Friday to a racketeering conspiracy, joining Rontrell Turnipseed, who pleaded guilty to the same crime two days earlier. Several members of the street gang…

Feds Link Four Corner Hustlers Street Gang to 3 more Murders

(Sun Times Wire) Seconds before a brazen, fatal midday shooting seven years ago, the feds say a man popped out of a car near Avers Avenue and Ohio Street, covered his face with his shirt and offered a warning: “If y’all don’t get out of here, we’re about to come and spray.” Moments later, gunshots…

Southside Gang Members Charged in 11 Murders; Gang Leader Killed Seven

(Sun Times Wire) Federal racketeering charges were announced Friday against four members of “a particularly violent” gang faction tied to nearly a dozen murders in Englewood. At least 18 members of the Goonie Boss faction of the Gangster Disciples terrorized the South Side neighborhood, according to a federal indictment. And about half of them, including…

Chicago Crime Commissions Unveils New 2018 Gang Book

(WGN) The Chicago Crime Commission is unveiling a new street-gang book that’ll serve as a guide for regional police and others keeping tabs on gangs. The official release of the 2018 Gang Book on Tuesday is the first time since 2012 the crime-prevention group has released a new Gang Book. The Associated Press obtained advanced…

How Social Media is Fueling Gang Violence in Chicago

(ABC) Lamanta Reese lived much of his gang life in virtual reality, posting videos on YouTube of him and others taunting rivals. He died at age 19 in the real world, bleeding from his head onto a porch on Chicago’s South Side after one of those gang rivals, prosecutors say, shot him 11 times. Another…

Jurors Sequestered in Black Souls Gang Racketeering Trial

(Sun Times Wire) Prosecutors on Monday compared the six square blocks of the West Side controlled by the Black Souls to technology behemoth Apple Inc., while defense lawyers said the street gang was simply a “random collection of dudes.” The stark difference in the interpretation of nine weeks of trial testimony was to be expected,…