A Chicago Sun Times piece written by Frank Main sparked a lot of controversy within the city of Chiraq. The piece named the block that the Parkway Gardens sits on as the most dangerous in the City. Parkway Gardens, referred by residents as O Block, is a low-income housing complex located on 64th street and King drive in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. The Sun Times attributes their findings to the 19 victims of gun violence that occurred in Parkway Gardens between June 2011 and June 2014.
In Chiraq rapper D.Bo’s eyes, the analysis is a systematic approach to spark gang beef and fuel more killings.
The “We Next” rapper took to Facebook to slam the Sun Times piece.
“GLORIFIEING THE MOST DANGEROUS BLOCK IN CHICAGO IS FUGANG!!! IT WILL ONLY MAKE EVERY OTHER BLOCK MORE FUELED TO BE ON THE FRONT PG NEXT YEAR…SO NOW WAT??? ITS A COMPETITION NOW FOR THE MOST DANGEROUS BLOCK SMH #WAKEUP,” he wrote.
“WTF LIED TO THE SUN TIMES??? OUTTA SIGHT OUTTA MIND 073072,” he added.
The article also drew a response from O Block native BossTop via IG.
He posted a screenshot of the story titled “Chicago’s Most Dangerous Block.”
“#IQuitThisShitNotAGame #SomebodySnitching,” he wrote in the caption of a post.
O Block was named in honor of 20-year-old Odee Perry who was murdered Aug. 11, 2011 after he suffered multiple gunshot wounds, including one to the neck near the housing project.
O Block is part of the 300 set, which police have kept a watchful eye on.
Chicago Police attributed Chief Keef’s raps about “Lamron” to their efforts in curbing violence and crime in the gang sect, according to the Sun Times.
They additionally attributed a rise in gang violence between Lamron and Bricksquad to Sosa.
Lamron is Normal spelled backwards. It is a territory between the Dan Ryan Expy. and Halsted Street from 59th to 67th.
“A lot of this spiked with the Lil’ JoJo and Chief Keef stuff,” Nicholas Roti, chief of the department’s Organized Crime Bureau, told the Sun-Times. “They [gangs] started going back and forth with shootings.”
In 2012, Chief Keef openly mocked slain Chicago rapper Lil JoJo’s death on Twitter.
Police began an effort to focus their resources on controlling crime in the Lamron neighborhood.
Police alleged their efforts helped curb the violence as shooting incidents are down.
Leo Schmitz, deputy chief of the Englewood District, told the Sun Times his officers have “made more than 250 felony arrests and more than 900 misdemeanor arrests; recovered more than 80 guns, and impounded more than 250 vehicles” in the Lamron neighborhood.
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