A hot meeting in Roseland last night. It was a youth- led "ËœTown Hall' put on by the Roseland Safety Networks Coalition to address community tension that has followed the beating death of Fenger Academy honor student Derrion Albert.
One Bowen senior had harsh words for Chicago's finest, taunting: "If y'all was out there, why didn't you do nothing? Was y'all scared?"
22nd district police commander Michael Kuemmoth gave a calm response, and also reiterated that there is an internal investigation looking into the response of the officer at the scene.
Adults had a chance to ask questions of the youth and some wanted to know -- why the code of silence? Why won't you step up and reveal the perpetrators of crime? Nineteen-year-old Aisha Latiker, who moderated the Town Hall, spells out some of the pros and cons of "being a snitch."
Latiker has a brilliant idea on how kids can step up. They can TEXT a tip to police saying for instance where a fight is going on, but not say who's to be involved. "That's not snitchin'"she says.
Alderman Carrie Austin offered her office as a safe haven to kids who want to convey information to police and others. "Let me be the snitch," she offered.
And police commander Kuemmoth gave kids his cell phone number plus a text tip number so they can contact police anonymously, 24/7.