Monday, January 5, 2009

Chicago Police Protected Gang Graffiti

Chicago police officers threatened citizens with arrest yesterday if they went ahead with plans to paint over a growing wall of gang graffiti on CTA property at the Jarvis Avenue Red Line station. The station is just steps away from 49th Ward Alderman Joe Moore's ward service office. (Click photos here to see larger images.) The Rogers Park residents who gathered for a bit of civil disobedience were shocked when police officers swarmed into the area to prevent them from doing exactly what Mayor Daley's Graffiti Busters charge taxpayers to do. The would-be painters decided that lockup was too high a price to pay for something that is not a life-and-death matter, and so they backed off. After letting the graffiti fester for nearly two weeks, CTA finally painted it over today. Nobody knows why Alderman Moore allowed this to continue right under his nose, or why this area - one block from his office and a block and a half from his home - continues to be the site of so many murders, muggings, assaults, and ongoing prostitution and narcotics sales. More reports here and here. Subscribe to Chicago News Bench