This is truly out of hand. Where are the community leaders? Where are the men in these neighborhoods?
I am getting tired of posting videos like these about the violence in Chicago and elsewhere where kids all too often are the victims.
The family wants this video to be seen by the public, that is why I am posting it out of respect for their wishes. Our community is in deep trouble, if we don’t stop talking about (Tiny and Toya & Real Chance of Love) and address the real issues that face us.Vodpod videos no longer available.
via Chicago Tribune
Four people were being questioned in connection with the beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert during a melee Thursday outside a Far South Side community center, as an amateur video helped police identified several people who were on-scene at the time.
Meanwhile, a planned vigil for Derrion outside his school, Fenger High School, has been postponed to Monday at 1 p.m., Albert’s grandfather Joseph Walker said this morning.
Family members had planned to hold a vigil and march this afternoon but opted to reschedule at the request of the Chicago Public Schools, Walker said.
Police are still investigating the incident, interviewing witnesses, including those identified through an amateur video taken by a person at the Agape Community Center, 342 W. 111th St., that was provided to Fox affiliate WFLD-Ch. 32. The station turned the video over to detectives Friday night, police said today.
Chicago Police spokesman Roderick Drew said investigators have identified several people from the tape. Three people who were at least 17 and one juvenile were being questioned Sunday evening in the attack, a law enforcement source said.
In a press conference at Police Headquarters regarding security at Fenger, 11220 S. Wallace St., Calumet Area Detective Division Commander Eddie Welch said the video has helped in the investigation.
he video contains scenes of graphic violence.)
When asked if police are encouraging people to watch the video to see if they can identify someone on the video, Drew said that “We would rather have people who were involved in it, innocent or not, to call police.”
The video shows dozens of people punching, kicking and swinging planks in a melee in a lot next to the community center and the adjacent street. At one point, four or five males — including one wielding a two-by-four — can be seen beating and stomping another person, believed to be Albert, who had fallen to the ground.
As the attackers flee, the person with the camera and several others approached Albert and carried him into a nearby building.
“Derrion, get up!” a female voice pleads.
Officials and witnesses say the melee was a culmination of a simmering rivalry between two groups of Fenger students, one that lived near the school and the other from the Altgeld Gardens housing development. Neighbors said the feud has been building since August, spilling across Roseland streets and, some say, into Fenger.
Albert’s family was squeamish about watching the video and not all of them were able to watch the whole thing. But they said they don’t have a problem with the public watching the graphic video as long as it helps identify who beat Derrion to death.
“It hurt to watch,” said LaTonia Williams, the teen’s aunt. “It’s one thing to hear about it and come up with your own theory of what happened. To see it is another thing. It gave us a real clear picture of what happened. That video was crucial.”
Police said they are increasing their presence at and around Fenger, but refused to be more specific.
The beefed-up security will remain until the public perception that the school is dangerous decreases, said Morgan Park District Commander Michael Kuemmeth.
Police likely will keep the results of their investigation close. Drew said he next expects to update the press and the public when charges are brought–rather than when police have someone in custody.