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Chicago Crime Wave: Meet the Flash Mobsters

Tue., Jun. 12, 2012 7:36 AM EDT
by Zondra Hughes
Chicago celebrity gangsters were known to be ruthless but with a heart of gold (from l to r) Al Capone; Jeff Fort and Larry Hoover.

Chicago old-school celebrity gangsters were known to be ruthless but with a heart of gold (L to R) Al Capone; Jeff Fort and Larry Hoover. They have been replaced with the new groups of ruthless, faceless, Flash Mobsters.

Chicago Crime Wave: Meet the flash mobsters

Youths arrested for alleged participation with the Chicago flash mobsters over the weekend.

Youths arrested for alleged participation with the Chicago flash mobsters over the weekend.

This past weekend, at least eight people were killed and 46 were shot. Also, one adult and seven teens were arrested and charged with felony mob action after multiple mob attacks in several posh downtown Chicago neighborhoods following the Blues Fest.

The weekend crime wave has even penetrated Chicago’s storied Gold Coast.

In an act of boldness that was unheard of years ago, on Sunday evening, a 36-year-old man walking in the Gold Coast was robbed by up to 20 people. The victim suffered injuries to his head but was able to walk afterwards.

With warmer weather around the corner, and festival season underway, community activists contend that we can expect more flash mobsters and gun violence if proactive measures such as summer job programs for teens, job training for adults, and increased police presence for all Chicago neighborhoods are not placed at the top of the City’s agenda.

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  • jujia-3234

    Since the police or the mayor can’t get the shootings and this flash mob violence under control the citizens should have the right to carry their own protection again!! That will certainly increase the number of shootings in Chicago on a weekend to well over 50, but as long as the right people are getting shot

  • BigBuiltShoulders43

    Making summer jobs available won’t solve the shooting or flash mob violence anymore!!! THat’s not enough…..but vigilance and the right to carry your own gun and blasting a group of teens about to or already committing violence on you will……everyone needs to be his own Wyatt Earp and take care of what needs to be taken care of just like in the Old West

  • northcoast

    who cares about detroit i mean chicago? going-going-soon to be gone-gone-gone as a viable city. don’t think “detroit can’t happen here”, chicago. It sure the hell can and will & it will be done chicago-style!