Monday, December 29, 2014

PAINTING THE TOWN: Lakeview Garage Damage Linked To Rogers Park, West Ridge Graffiti Sprees

Symbols typical of the Gangster Disciples street gang on a garage in the 1200 block of Roscoe last weekend. Police believe these tags were placed for shock value rather than to mark gang territory.
A grammatically-incorrect tag behind the 3300 block of Racine.
At least seven garages in nearby Lakeview were hit by taggers last weekend and NBC5 Chicago is reporting this morning that the same crew—called "Rex Nation" or "RN"—struck again in the Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods this weekend.

Most of the graffiti in our neighborhood consisted of the letters "RN," the grammatically-incorrect "We Here!" and what appears to be a cartoonish dinosaur. All three of those elements appeared in this weekend's tags on the far North Side.

One Lake View garage did have tags representative of the Gangster Disciples street gang, but police we have spoken with believe the gang symbols were made for shock value rather than by individuals with gang intentions.

More of the Lakeview tagging.
In this weekend's Rogers Park damage, the "RN," "We Here!" and dinosaur tags were accompanied by anti-Semitic phrases.

CWB editors and readers found graffiti on garages in the 1200 blocks of Roscoe and Henderson as well as the 3300 and 3400 blocks of Racine last weekend.

The setting of trash cans on fire in the alley behind 3539 Racine on the night of December 20th may also be the work of the same group.

A worker resident removing covers up one of the Lakeview tags.
Police are investigating.

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24 comments:

  1. If it acts like a gang, thinks like a gang, rampages like a gang--it's a gang!

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  2. I'm NOT a "worker", I live there AND I'm not removing it, I'm covering it up until the city blasts it off!

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    1. I thought you might be the tagger.

      Next time, instead of removing it, you should add something next to the "RN" like "is gay" or draw a picture of a penis after it.

      You have plenty of time. It will probably be 6 months or so before the city stops by for clean up.

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    2. Yes, we need more pictures of a penis in this particular neighborhood. Kind of related, what's up with that storefront at Halsted and Cornelia that has "MA ST UR BA TE" painted on its windows?? Pretty tacky.

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  3. Anyone still doubting that the whole area has gone to hell?

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  4. I know it would be a Constitutional violation, but man, it would be nice if gang membership alone was grounds for lengthy incarceration.

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    1. Actually, if the gang is involved in regular criminal activity, then membership in that gang can indeed be enough to be charged under RICO and similar statutes -- and it's long past time for prosecutors to start using these tools against these gangs, as they have in the past.

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    2. Yes, but RICO convictions take a LOT of work - I meant simply being a "known" gang member being a crime in and of itself.

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    3. Silly illiterate gang members...it should have read 'we ARE here.'

      An easy mistake to make though - I am sure you will correct it next time.

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    4. They meant to say "We Be Here."

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  5. I can't legally buy spray paint in the city of Chicago...yet gangbanging taggers have no problem getting it.

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    1. I live in the burbs these days. I was very surprised to find black spray paint at 99 cents at the Home Depot in Northlake. $50 & a long ride on the Pace bus could keep your gang stocked for at least a weekend.

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  6. The dinosaur and other graffiti was sprayed on garage doors and even a car about 3 weeks ago along Pine Grove & Brompton.

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  7. 1115 West Newport alley garages had same tags, it was reported 12/25 and removed by city 12/27. Can someone explain silly v. Serious gang tagging distinction, as noted by police comments attributed to in the alley?

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  8. I'm honestly surprised they can spell.

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    1. They used spellcheck from a stolen smartphone.

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  9. Graffiti is out of control on the North side of Chicago. Buildings are hit constantly. The vandals have even taken to defacing traffic signs, mailboxes and road construction barriers. The city crews respond and remove the graffiti or paint over it, but within two to three days, the vandals are back.

    Your comments are quite correct on the taggers moving from West Ridge and Rogers Park to Lakeview.

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  10. It would be nice to see some of these clowns electrocuted when they climb up on the buildings to spray their destruction.

    It just pisses me off to no end that the people in this city are letting the morons in office turn a blind eye to the thugs taking over our streets. Just today we had the Jersey Chief of Police cackling about how great crime is this year, all is rosy.

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  11. So much of this rash of graffiti vandalism seems to be happening in the vicinity of Mather High School and Clinton Elementary School. How is that no arrests have been made? Nobody sees anything?

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  12. The "we here bitches" tag basically signifies "we are in your neighborhood to terrorize you". Ugh. Get this scum out.

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  13. The GD's use a 6 pointed star for representation. Many of the garage's in Rogers Park used this star and had anti-semitic slurs. Any insight?

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    1. In the Lake View instance, the star was accompanied by other appropriate symbolism - upright pitchforks and inverted 5-point crown.

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  14. I used to live in the same condo complex as the resident covering the markings in the above pic. I moved out of the neighborhood in September after 5 years of living in the city. I moved out to the burbs which is something I never thought would happen but Lakeview and all of Chicago are going to hell. It was just getting too dangerous to live in Lakeview. I am one of the idiots who voted for Rahm and I feel terrible about it now. I hope you vote Tunney and Rahm out of office and start taking back the neighborhood.

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