Chicago police officials held another press conference Wednesday afternoon to showcase how they’re getting tough with dealers and gangs since declaring a “ground war” in March—in this case, ten more guys, ranging in age from 18 to 69, were caught possessing or selling small amounts of heroin on the west side.
The police said it was the result of an investigation involving city, county, state, and federal authorities. “The joint efforts of law enforcement partners in this mission have afforded an opportunity for increased safety to thrive in our communities,” Al Wysinger, Chicago’s first deputy police superintendent, said in a written statement.
Dillard, who was 42 then, made it to Mount Sinai and begged the detox people to take him back. He had no insurance, though, and so they were going to turn him away. "But one of the counselors told me if you go downstairs to the emergency room and get sick, they'll have to bring you up here," Dillard recalled this week. "So I went downstairs and folded over like I was about to die. Set there all night, and the next day they sent me upstairs to the detox unit. And I've been clean ever since."
Six examples after the jump.
About ten or so years ago, Tasha, now a fortysomething grandmother and recovering heroin addict, was shot in the calf while looking to pick up on the west side. The bullet hit a major artery, she told me, raising her pant leg to show a fearsome scar, and by the time the ambulance got her to the ER, she'd almost bled to death. She was in a coma for six and a half months, in the hospital for two and a half years. During that time, she became even more addicted to opiates—morphine, Demerol, Tylenol 4.
"I felt like a guinea pig," she says. "My shoulders was so swollen the stuff would come right back out. My booty cheeks was so swollen up I had to lie on my stomach."
At just before 9 PM last Friday night, the Chicago Police Department sent out an e-mail announcing the “takedown” of a drug market at Ohio and Hamlin in west Humboldt Park.
It was an unusual time to announce the successful conclusion of a two-month undercover investigation, though, by an odd coincidence, it was right in the middle of an area I’d profiled in a Reader story published the day before.
Well, I think the timing's a bit of a coincidence. Not even sure Congressman Frank knows it’s Drugs Week at the Reader. Though I bet he's a big fan of the Reader.
As opposed to Mayor Rahm. And Mayor Daley. And a few aldermen, who aren't worth mentioning at the moment.
But let's not go on a tangent.
Specifically, Frank criticized Obama for making a "'grave mistake' by cracking down on medical marijuana dispensaries that are legal in some states," according to an article in the Hill.
"I think it's bad politics and bad policy," Frank said. "I'm very disappointed."
Bravo, Congressman Frank. I wish you would stay around for a few more terms.
And in case you missed it, you can take a trip to the suburbs, which is where we went for last week's "Variations on a Theme."