Feds Charge Several Gang Members In Alleged Murder Racket

Nancy Harty
October 26, 2018 - 5:28 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- They're accused of terrorizing Englewood through murder and intimidation – and even bragging about it on social media -- but now 23 Chicago gang members face federal charges.

Local and federal law enforcement Friday announced racketeering, murder and guns charges against high-ranking and other gang members.

“Englewood is safer today because of this investigation,” Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said.

U.S. Attorney John Lausch explained they use RICO, which was originally designed to go after organized crime, against gangs because "this is one group of people working together in order to protect their turf and in doing so, to commit acts of violence and murder."

Prosecutors and police say the gangs are responsible for 11 murders, some dating back to 2014.

Tawana Bennett listened to the press conference and shook her head when prosecutors were asked if the victims were also gang members.

She said her cousin, Kenneth Whittaker, was coming home from work on July 1, 2016, when he was killed.

After that, she said, she moved out of Chicago. While disappointed it took two years to catch the killer, she said she's relieved justice has been served.