‘A Different Attitude:’ Gang Funerals Will Include Searches, Tight Security

CBS Chicago, December 5, 2012

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago police are making strong moves to confront continuing city violence—which has included violent attacks at funerals.

The mayor expressed anger that people have been shooting and carrying guns at gang-member funerals.

“The police department is going to change the way they deal with gang funerals,” he said. “If you cannot respect a place of worship, at a time of a funeral, we are going to show a different type of attitude.”

The funerals will be treated as “gang events,” with mourners being searched and patted down, among other security measures.

Just last week, 21-year-old gang member Sherman Miller was slain on the steps of St. Columbanus Church, at the funeral of another gang member.


The new tactics were on display Tuesday at Miller’s funeral, with police out in force, carrying automatic weapons.


But Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, in an interview on the CBS 2 News at 6 p.m., defended the new tactics, and said police are always careful about any potentially hostile situation.

“We’re always cautious if we’re getting into some sort of a confrontational situation,” he said. “I’m not worried about tension. I’m worried about people getting holes in them.”


Charles Childs, the funeral director who oversaw the funeral where Miller was killed, said the mayor has little choice.

“You would think funerals were off-limits to additional violence; but as it has become, nothing’s off limits,” he said.


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  • pcmustgo

    Too funny. “Ghetto Weddings” can get a little out of control too.

  • You Are Now Enriched

    Why don’t we ever see a price tag on Diversity?

  • Robert Binion

    Isn’t this “profiling”? Wouldn’t a race blind mayor instruct Chicago’s finest to pat down attendants of every baptism and bar mitzvah?

    • So CAL Snowman

      don’t forget the bat mitzvahs, you wouldn’t want the SPLC on your back now would you?

      • StillModerated

        I believe it’s correctly spelled $PLC.

  • So CAL Snowman

    Men with automatic rifles patrolling the outside of a Christian Church, what is this, Sierra Leone?

    • Francis Galton

      I’d say it’s more like Northern Europe with patches of Sub-Saharan Africa and South America grafted onto it. At least that’s the conclusion I’ve reached.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      By an amazing coincidence, it is. To paraphrase a certain Presidente, wherever an African goes, there is Africa.

  • Black funerals are regenerative affairs, in that they lead to more funerals.

    • So CAL Snowman

      funeral recidivists?

      • Robert Binion

        Interment activists.

  • The__Bobster

    I don’t see how this would prevent the ever-popular drive-by funeral shootings.

  • IstvanIN

    Gang members should not be allowed to have funerals. They should go from the morgue to an undisclosed crematorium and then to an undisclosed dump.

    • Yorkshireman.

      Why not just dump the bodies in a rival gang area. Leave them to deal with it. Should be fun. Who did what to whom? Next time it will be you, or your family, or your gang. Whoops.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      I disagree about cremating them, as this would cost money and release greenhouse gases. Dumping them down empty/dry oil well holes in undisclosed locations would save the money as well as sequestering the carbon in their bodies. Once an oil well hole is half-full of gang-bangers, a three-foot thick concrete plug could be poured in place, and the hole filled the rest of the way with sand.

  • Howard W. Campbell

    Why not have The Godfather call the governors in states where there are Amish or Mennonite populations and have the state police frisk them at their funerals. Sounds fair to me. I wonder if they will bust the occasional Amish youth with an Ipod or cell phone hidden away. Or he could call the governor of Florida and demand that the police go the funerals near senior citizen villages and check to see if they have too many meds on their person. Heaven forbid that some 85 year old blue hair has 20 prescription bottles in her purse.

    Maybe the powers that be will allow Rahm to run his police force like NYC (stop & frisk policies, etc).

  • libertarian 1234

    “The mayor expressed anger that people have been shooting and carrying guns at gang-member funerals.”

    Getting mad about boys being boys won’t do any good.

    He could turn the whole affair into a money-making opportunity if he sold flea market space to people who sell ammo, cleaning rods, bore cleaner, and rifle patches.

    Sorry, but I have little sympathy for black murderers who will more likely than not eventually be standing across the battle line from me.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Are you kidding? Blacks don’t clean their firearms, so the cleaning materials would be silly.

      • Joseph

        They can huff the cleaning solvent though so it has some value.

  • tickyul

    I just laugh at a failed country. Why get mad…..nothing can be done about it!!!!!
    Demorats and their Urban American Stormtroopers have destroyed city after city in this once fine country. Yet many….not just Libs, make excuse after excuse for a people that will NEVER be a good fit for ANY modern society.

  • Ulick

    If all races are the same, then how come I’ve never heard of a shooting at a funeral involving non-blacks, but shootings at black gang funerals have apparently become so common that that extra police presence will now be routine?

    • Luis

      Good point, paisan. I never even heard of shootouts at La Cosa Nostra funerals, in the mob wars of yore.

      Then again, comparing Bantus to Siciians is like comparing bacteria to geniuses.

  • StillModerated

    Why bother? Guns at gangbanger funerals is a crimestopping measure. The popo should pass out saturday night specials, and call in animal control to render the corpses. They might be able to work themselves out of their jobs in 18 months.

  • StillModerated

    Rahm Emanuel is the son of Benjamin Jabotinsky, an Israeli terrorist whose specialty was prying up curbstones and replacing them with high explosive, and then detonating the bomb when a busload of Arabs went by. He was granted US citizenship, yet never got hounded by the feds like John Demjanyuk.

    Bearing that in mind, what sort of policies could be expected from sonny boy?

  • SLCain

    TIs’ a pity. Gang funerals seem to be one of the best ways of thinning the thug population.

  • IKantunderstand

    Dang, I think I’ll establish a funeral parlor in Chicago! Man, I could do a buy one coffin, second coffin of equal or lesser value fifty percent off! I could clean up! Wow, I’m thinking, I could do gang affiliation group discounts! All the gang members could contribute X amount of dollars every year as a sort of insurance policy, for that, they would be entitled to X amount of funerals per year! My gosh! Think of the possibilities! I could even frachise funeral homes around the U.S. that catered to gangs! Coffins with gang colors included! Coffins with bling! Funeral services with rap by dead rap people.Sheesh, I thought I was being sarcastic, but I think I just talked myself into a BUSINESS PLAN.

    • Michael_C_Scott

      Don’t forget the hearses with spinner wheel rims.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Well, if it saves one little gang banger’s life, then it’s worth it, right?

    Maybe Rahm should have floats and marching bands, or dye the river red instead of green like on St. Pat’s Day….moron.

    A police helicopter was on stand-by to escort the funeral procession to the cemetery and watch for illegal conduct but the burial was canceled because Miller’s family was apparently unable to pay the bill.

    Did any one ask Costas? Maybe he’ll agree to send in his armed security.

    Good thing Chicago has strict gun control laws, otherwise there’d be a lot more of these funerals.


  • MAJ

    As insane as this is – the added insult is the cost. Now we have to pay cops overtime and divert resources everytime a worthless gangbanger shoot another wastebag. Given the childlike mindset of blacks – who think funerals for thugs are akin to ego-driven social affairs – this is yet another gathering of bantus almost guaranteed to result in more violence.

    This is public taxpayer money that – in an alternate universe – would have been spent, perhaps, on advanced education (a form of special ed) for gifted (White) students.
    These proud urban people can’t even die by their own hand, sad to say, without extracting even more money from Whites. What kind of “culture” cannot even behave themselves for a few minutes at a funeral, for crying out loud?

    And the irony – in a city so pround of its strict gun control laws – is the proud statement fed to the press that “The new tactics were on display Tuesday at Miller’s funeral, with police out in force, carrying automatic weapons.”
    This is madness.

    • Joseph

      Huh uh. Should be tacked onto the funeral expenses just like paying for security if I have a public gathering at the fairgrounds.

    • Joseph

      Maybe AmRen should take it on as a community service project: financing the funerals of gang members.

      The usual law of econ. is anything that you subsidize you get more of.

  • Joseph

    The thinking is all backwards here. They should pass out single-use guns at these affairs and let nature take its course.

  • Hirene

    Who is going to pay for the cop overtime? If a homeowner needs to block the street to cut down a tree, he’s hit with a $1,000 bill for cop overtime. I guess the taxpayers are going to have to eat this one, too.