WLS Radio's John Dempsey Reports
CHICAGO (WLS) - Callers to WLS Radio's Don and Roma Show had their own thoughts Monday morning about the roving gang of thugs that attacked four people in separate incidents on the Near North Side over the weekend.
Caller “Tony” says he is a retired Chicago Police officer, and feels the city is afraid to talk openly about the problem of so called “flash mob” violence, because the offenders are African American.
"When is the 2000 pound gorilla in the room going to be addressed? These are black thugs from the West side. This is not a group of mob children. These are black gangbangers," he said. "Now I'm a retired policeman. Thirty years ago, I would put my size 13 so far up their rear end, they would never do it again. But because of the liberals in our society, they've taken the power away from the police to do anything."
Caller and current police officer “Michael”, agreed.
"Because the department and the politicians in this city don't want to face what's really going on out here because it's politically incorrect, OK? This is black on white violence OK? They won't pursue a hate crime on a lot of these when it should have been pursued," he said.
Michael also told us how these so called “flash mobs” operate.
"They hit the stores, the Macy's, the Rainforest Cafes, the different restaurants. And it goes down from not wanting to pay after they eat a meal, to hitting a store and committing a theft, you know six of them at a time and then running in different directions, and now it's just basically gone on to 'let's just jump on this person and beat the hell out of him and take whatever he's got.'"
Police think teens organize the flash mobs through texting or through social networking websites.