Thursday, August 16, 2012

Mt. Hope Cemetery


Below is information about a neighborhood meeting to be held Aug. 30.
Kennedy Park, 7:30 PM. We need a heavy turnout for this.  We are not putting up with this crap.
Hello everyone, I want to let you all know the latest updates on the
Mt.HopeCemetery gang funerals. The police response has been very good, as always, between the CPD (022nd district) and the CCSP, however we still have been having serious issues which need to end. Below is a list of recent activity regarding the Mt.Hope cemetery gang funerals.
1.) On the 18th of May, a CPD officer attempted to stop a reckless driver in a gang funeral going into Mt Hope at the location of 115th and Fairfield Ave. The driver fled the scene and nearly rammed two CPD vehicles as he took off in high speed, heading north on Washtenaw. Washtenaw is a "one way" going south. The vehicle continued on this “one way street” towards 107th St, and then proceeded east bound, where he threw a loaded .09mm handgun into an alley. CPD (022nd district) continued to follow this offender and finally took him into custody at 101st and Western. This offender had a warrant and was a convicted felon in possession of a handgun. The 022nd district officers were also able to recover the handgun before being found by one of our children in the neighborhood. Great job to 022nd district, and thank you for your continued support.
2) On the 20th of July officers from the 022nd district pulled one vehicle out of a procession because he was driving reckless and ticketed him.
3) One week later, on the 27th of July, several more vehicles taking part in a gang funeral were spotted running vehicles off the road between 107th St. from Longwood Dr. to Western. The driver almost struck an innocent female pedestrian who happened to be walking at 107th and Longwood Dr. Once the procession hit Western Ave. and continued south bound to 111th St, several cars in the procession continued on with their reckless driving and hanging out their windows flashing gang signs. The procession was intercepted by 022nd district officers once again, and several cars in the procession were identified as the vehicles causing the problems. CPD took an aggressive step toward fighting these out of control gang funerals, and arrested three drivers and towed all three of their vehicles. Even Alderman Matt O’Shea witnessed the reckless disregard of traffic safety rules committed by these drivers.
4) The following Friday, 3rd of August, CPD took a very proactive approach toward these gang funerals and intercepted one before it even reached our Morgan Park Neighborhood. CPD observed several vehicles in a procession proceeding westbound on 119th, just east of I-57, and again arrested three more gang bangers for driving reckless and flashing gang signs out the window.
5) On the 6th of August, an on duty CCSP Sgt. was on his way to work in his police vehicle at 115th and just west of Fairfield Ave. The Sgt. observed a reckless driving vehicle in a gang funeral procession, as the procession was getting ready to pull into Mt Hope Cemetery. The Sgt. pulled the vehicle over and several people from other cars in that procession. All drivers from the vehicles got out confronting the Sgt. In a very aggressive manner. Fortunately, officers from nearby came to the aid of this Sergeant, and the drivers was placed under arrest and the vehicles were towed.
6.) A few weeks ago, a young Beverly couple was walking their baby in a stroller on the sidewalk of a 115th St. A beautiful afternoon was quickly ruined by a car nearly striking the couple and baby because the vehicle had left the funeral procession line and drove onto the sidewalk. The car just missed hitting the family by a few inches. The couple was outraged and frightened. Many residents who live in the apartment complex on 115th have also complained about their safety being jeopardized by reckless gang funeral driving.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this. We as a community need to come together and put an end to this gang activity within these processions. These incidents are not the first, nor will they be the last if we do not take action in ending this corruption. The reckless activities and danger that these funerals place on our neighborhood needs to end. I hate to sound harsh, but if we don’t come together in numbers, someone (child, mother, father, police officer, etc) is going to get hurt. Please send this out to as many people in our area as possible. Also keep in mind this is a peaceful movement against gang activity within funeral processions in our neighborhood and it’s intent is to end violence.
Community meeting will be held on Thursday, 30 August 2012, at Kennedy Park, located on 113th and Campbell at 7:30 pm. I do encourage your participation, we need as much support and assistance in coming up with a plan or solution to end this reckless activity. Please join us in our continued effort with this cause. We will be in the west baseball diamond area. Please feel free to bring a chair.


  1. Anonymous8/16/2012

    Matt O'Shea and some neighborhood residents are the only ones trying to do something about this. What we have here is a cemetery owner that has turned a sleepy cemetery into a major profit center. HE has done this by motivating black reverends and black funeral homes to use Mt. Hope. I have no problem with profit but when business practices are negatively affecting the quality of life of the locals, something needs to be done.

    Since the area is unincorporated, we need a Cook County ordinance which more closely regulates cemeteries. Perhaps some state legislation will help. What about calling upon the Illinois Comptroller to use their oversight authority. There is also the possibility of the City of Chicago seeking relief in the courts under the theory of nuisance. How about closing parts of 115th st?

    Let's get everyone behind finding a permanent solution to this problem.

  2. Anonymous8/16/2012

    Matt is talking about annexation. I dont know if dats enough because cemeterys are regulated by the state.

    I do like the idea of closing parts of 115th st. A business in the suburbs relying on a city street. Interestin. Just the threat of street closure will cause them to change their ways........for awhile.

    I think Alsip has had this problem too.

    1. u go to blacks funerals ull see killers, rapist, cons, Satans army

  3. I'll be there.

  4. Anonymous8/16/2012

    I just saw Drews lawyers on TV wearing sunglasses. Thats weird.

  5. Anonymous8/16/2012

    How about moving the entrance to 119st. Don't waste your time closing 115.

  6. Col. Dye8/17/2012

    An L shaped ambush would work well there, just sayin

  7. Anonymous8/17/2012

    You mean the liberal's tolerant and diverse neighborhood ain't what they thought it would be?

  8. Anonymous8/17/2012

    Matt is a total retard when he talks about "annexing" the cemetery. You can't annex private property and you can't take property by eminent domain unless it is for public use. Regardless, the problems are not taking place on the cemetery grounds but in our neighborhood. If Matt can't get the adequate police resources from Rahm to combat the problem, then perhaps he isn't the right person to be alderman. Somebody is definitely going to get killed or seriously injured by these thug funerals. Maybe Matt can use his car to jam some of these offenders with a baby in the car and make a citizen's arrest.

    1. Anonymous8/20/2012

      O'Shea is not talking about annexing. More rumors believed and spread by you.

      And "retard?" Find another way to express yourself.

    2. Anonymous9/01/2012

      O'Shea is talking about annexing. Get your facts straight. Sorry for the politically insensitive term. I will express this to you though. You are clueless and ignorant if you think these are rumors.

  9. Anonymous8/18/2012

    O'shea is definitely dealing with the problem. CPD is monitoring even thug funeral and will continue to until problem is resolved.

    1. Anonymous9/01/2012

      Monitoring the thug funerals is not stopping the problems associated with the thug funerals.

  10. Anonymous8/18/2012

    We want to get 250 angry fathers there that evening.

  11. Anonymous8/19/2012

    They can't even mourn with dignity. They cause problems wherever they go, even a funeral. Can't maintain a civilization let alone a neighborhood. Maybe there ought to be a law banning gangbanger funerals. Just send the bodies of the human garbage to the landfill. Let their mammy's wail and cry. If you can't raise your kids properly, inflicting them on the rest of us, then you don't deserve to bury them when they meet their fitting end. I used to have compassion. I don't anymore.

  12. Anonymous8/20/2012

    Goodluck with your protest..hate to say it, but its all just a dog and pony show to save face..

  13. Anonymous8/25/2012

    Bunch of monkeys!

  14. Anonymous8/25/2012

    Bunch of uncivilized, degenerates. Total waste! You cant bring civilized to apes!

  15. Anonymous8/30/2012

    Is the Alderman attending this meeting?

  16. Anonymous8/31/2012

    I have lived in that area for 12 years and it is getting worse. we cant even get to our houses without going the long way. If we dare go on the side of the procession we get honks and dirty words thrown at us. This is total bullshit that we have to stay inside when we see one coming. They are total apes.

  17. Anonymous9/03/2012

    old f150 with a battering ram and kick plate welded to frame should take care of any oncoming traffic issues.

  18. Anonymous9/03/2012

    119th entrance is a total waste of money. Address the issue, no more subsidized funerals or put a cap on the # per year.

    1. Anonymous9/15/2012

      I have a friend that works there. In fact, they no longer take public aid burials. He said their burials are now down about 15% because of it. that should help.

  19. Anonymous9/07/2012

    glad I left Chicago, jesus christ

    that's the old neighborhood. I am terribly sorry for you that are in Beverly/MtG, gorgeous neighborhood, I hope this gets resolved