A Farewell Letter to You Dad

This is a Farewell letter to Victor Maggio Sr. from Victor Maggio Jr. Victor Senior passed away on October 31st 2016. One of my earliest and fondest memories was being woken up by you at 3:00 am to sneak me off to work with you on that big silver thunderbird catering truck. You were bigger…

Man Speaks Truth to Residents at Murder Scene in Back of the Yards

On Wednesday two men were killed and at least eight other people were wounded in shootings across the city.

A man was shot to death Wednesday evening in the Back of the Yards neighborhood on Chicago’s south side.

The 39-year-old was shot in the right torso at 7:23 p.m. in the 4300 block of South Paulina.

He was taken to University of Illinois Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 8:02 p.m. The Cook County medical examiner’s office has not released his name.

A man who was clearly respected in the community made an impassioned plea to residents at the edge of a murder scene Wednesday night in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. What he said had a lot of truth to it.

The man’s speech to residents

“It’s not going to stop by killing each other, it’s not going to stop by building more prisons, it’s not going to stop, by locking everybody up and throwing away the key”.

“Its gonna stop till we start getting to their heart, getting them to understand, that their thinking is wrong, that their motives and direction is wrong that their doing what they think is right, not understanding their wrong”.

“But if we could bring enlightenment and bring understanding bring love and bring peace to come against hatred and violence then we will be able to make a change and make a difference, in this community”.

“The cops are not the bad guys the politicians are not the bad guys, the bad guys are, it’s the spiritual influence behind what’s taking place, you know what I mean”.

“You get a man young man that grows up in poverty and his brother has been murdered and his father’s been murdered and sisters on drugs and the police are always are always cruising he’s going to have a mindset and a outlook that he’s going to think your my enemy, this ones my enemy, that one’s my enemy, but that’s not the truth”.

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New BBC Documentary ‘The Lost Streets of Chicago’: Explores inner-city Violence

Chicago’s homicide crisis is getting worldwide attention, thanks to a new documentary called “The Lost Streets of Chicago.”

It’s a look at the violence in Chicago’s neighborhoods through the eyes of a foreigner, and British Broadcasting correspondent Ian Pannell uses rappers like CTC DuWop to tell the story.

“You got to be ready man, I don’t know how to reiterate that. Ain’t no second chances man. When we turn the alleys here, you can already see the shorty’s on top of the cars, they know the cars. The lost streets of Chicago,” Duwop said in the documentary.

Pannell says his mini-documentary has been seen by over 300 million viewers. He decided to explore violence in inner cities after hearing about the disproportionate number of young black males who are homicide victims.

Choosing to focus on Chicago was easy.

“You just passed the three thousandth person shot in nine months. That shocks me, it should shock any journalist. That’s not normal, as one of our contributors said, that’s not normal. I don’t see how that is a situation of anything other than madness,” Pennell said.

Pannell says he relied on local rappers for access to neighborhoods, because they have an easier time crossing gang boundaries where turf wars can be dangerous.

“Many of the rappers have to deal with different sections of the community through music, through promotion, they have a level of street credibility, which allows you to get access to areas that otherwise would be difficult if not dangerous to go into,” Pannell said.

With rappers leading the way, viewers get a taste of the filming of a new video, and a lesson in survival.

West side rapper Bo Deal helped introduce Pannell to the street scene.

“I never seen so many guns like now, ever. The girls shooting it. It’s like they dropped off, somebody dropped off crates of guns in everybody hood. The lost streets of Chicago,” Bo Deal said.

Pannell has reported on conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. He was still amazed at what he found in neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

“I haven’t seen that many guns in civilian areas, in civilian hands, outside of a conflict zone. Normally called a war zone,” Pennell said. Continue Reading

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Authorities Seize Massive Weapons Cache Bound for Chicago Streets

(SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) — Authorities found hand grenades and machine guns inside a northwest suburban man’s storage unit in Elgin Friday night, police said. About 9 p.m., Elgin police and federal immigration officers executed a search warrant inside the unit in the 600 block of Big Timber Road, according to a statement from Elgin…

Chicago Gang Crimes Target Unaware Suburbs

Police from multiple suburbs are tracking car thieves who are using the vehicles they take to commit other crimes. Saturday night in west suburban WillowBrook, a couple was robbed by men who then sped off in a car they had previously stolen from neighboring Darien. That car was then spotted at crime scenes at half…

VIDEO: 1 Dead 2 injured in Block Party Shooting at University Village in Chicago

The weekend’s latest homicide happened early Sunday during a Birthday Party/ Block Party attended by more than 150 people in the University Village neighborhood on the Near West Side.

At about 2:20 a.m., a 43-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman were at the party outside in the 1300 block of West Hastings when someone opened fire, the gunman fired more than 20 shots into the crowd.

A man was shot in the head and chest and was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman suffered a gunshot wound to the left arm and back and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where her condition was stabilized, another unidentified women was injured by the gun fire and taken away by ambulance the extent of her injuries are unknown at this time.

Early Sunday morning the Chicago police dispatch put out an urgent request over the radio for all tactical officers with long guns from the 11th and 14th districts to respond to the shooting and mass chaos at Throop and Hastings streets in the University Village housing project on the Near West Side.

Arriving In the early moments of the shooting I followed the Chicago police into the area where the bloc party was taking place and I could still hear the shots being fired as police continued to pour into the chaotic scene, people were running and screaming throughout the housing project. Dozens upon dozens of police continued to converge on the area in an attempt to keep the peace in what this reporter describes as a volatile and confused situation, the police and first responders need to penetrate and disperse the large crowd surrounding the gunshot victims lying in the street so they could get them to the multiple ambulances lining the street so they could be taken to the area hospitals to be treated.

.According to a witness at the scene “Everybody was just mingling and talking. It was fun. I haven’t had a good time like this in so long, and then the gunfire broke out and ended a great party. From the looks of all the discarded alcohol bottles all over the street it must have been one hell of a PARTY till the shooting started. The shooter or shooters are still at large.

In this reporter’s opinion had the Chicago Police not responded to this situation as fast as they did the death toll and the number of injured would have been much higher, these high crime communities need the police more than they would care to admit, According to the leadership of Black Lives matter these communities don’t need or want the police, unfortunately I did not see any members of black lives matter at this BLACK on BLACK shooting, they must have been busy at the White House rubbing shoulders and plotting strategy against the police with president Obama. There is another quick fact I would like to point out about the murder rate in Chicago, if it wasn’t for the first responders here in Chicago the death toll would be much higher every year, Chicago’s first responders are one of the best in the nation at treating gunshot victims why? because they have had decades of practice from the shootings that happen every day on the Bloody streets of Chicago.

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Massive Police Presence Kept the Peace at RNC, DNC Conventions in 2012

In 2012 the Republican National Convention was held in Tampa Florida, the city of Tampa was on high alert because of radical groups like Occupy Wall Street, the Black Panther Party, and fringe groups like the Westboro Baptists Church, weeks before the convention radical groups were making threats all over social media to create problems at the convention, these groups were preparing to go to WAR with police in the streets their goal was to create anarchy with Saul Alinsky radical tactics which they hoped would ultimately SHUT IT DOWN.

The Political leadership in Tampa was mostly worried about Occupy Wall Street, because of how violent the group was a week earlier at the NATO summit in Chicago in 2012, The group had many confrontations with Chicago Police over those couple of days I was in two Black Bloc type actions over a two-day period, these people were serious about making their points through mob action what it was really about was putting fear into the political leadership.

On the first day Occupy Wall Street descended upon the RNC Convention like a conquering army, they were all revved up and ready to battle the police, their numbers on that first day were many, as they marched towards the convention center it seemed like clear sailing until they got within 6 blocks of the convention center and the helicopters could be heard and then seen as they moved directly over the protesters that’s when they knew the police were waiting.

What protesters didn’t know was Tampa Police were prepared for them and waiting in large numbers. The Tampa police chief knew that a massive show of force was the only way to derail the planned violence that was coming.

When Protesters hit the heart of the city the police were everywhere you looked it was now clear to the protesters that the city of Tampa was no fucking around and wasn’t going to tolerate their antics. They tried their hardest to provoke the police but the sheer numbers and the site of fully militarized police seemed to just take the wind out of their sails.

Protesters were so pissed off at the large police presence they took out their anger on RNC delegates and attendees. Due to the overwhelming police presence and the tactic called corralling the police kept the protesters in check like a large group of cattle being moved across the plains, this tactic kept the violence in check and ultimately tired the protesters out.

Maggio News took some time to sit down with 2 Black Bloc Anarchists and 6 Occupy Wall Street Protesters for an interview, in the interview the group could not help showing their frustration over the large police presence, that was stopping them from destroying property in downtown Tampa. A couple of other Black Block Occupy Wall Street members were so mad they told me something that made my day.

The Republican National Convention was mostly peaceful there where minimal arrests only because of the staggering number of police that were brought in from all over the state to keep the peace. When the Occupy protesters left Tampa that last day they looked beaten and broken. A couple of days later I arrived at Democrat National Convention in Charlotte North Carolina and the same members of the occupy movement had arrived in force and once again well rested and ready to make trouble for the democrats who support them and their causes. When I entered the city of Charlotte to my surprise I saw more police officers in Charlotte than I did in Tampa, this larger display of force was so telling to me, what it revealed to me was Democrats were clearly scared of their own creation.

Ronald Reagan said “peace through strength” I only hope that the leaders in Cleveland and Philadelphia will follow Ronald Reagan’s wise words and will go to the same lengths as the leadership did in Tampa and Charlotte did to STOP these people from destroying their cities. Past history has shown us what groups like Black Lives Matter and the Black Panthers are all about, their HEARTS are all filled with HATE and RACISM they are coming to the conventions to do one thing and one thing only disrupt and destroy. I strongly believe these groups are setting the stage for Marshall Law in this Country.

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This morning, I asked why Americans couldn’t wait for the facts to emerge on the shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota before jumping to racial conclusions. This afternoon, America’s top Democratic politicians proved why: they need to race-bait. Early this afternoon, without waiting to hear any of the evidence, Minnesota…

Melrose Park boy shot by GANG BANGERS over weekend dies

A 16-year-old boy who was shot last Friday night on the porch of his Melrose Park home has died, according to officials and family. According to the Cook county medical examiner’s office Dawson Stephan was pronounced dead at 11:47 p.m.at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. The teen was shot in the head about 10:30…