As civil order collapses in Chicago, gang leader enforces 'reign of terror' in Cook County Jail

Street gangs have turned Chicago's streets into killing grounds.  More than 3,000 people have been shot on its streets so far this year, and there have been 676 homicides.  The police, thoroughly demoralized, underfunded, and under Department of Justice orders that make stop and frisk all but unthinkable, have no ability to keep them in check. And once criminals are apprehended and incarcerated, the forces of civic order have lost control.  Sam Charles of the Chicago Sun-Times documents an astounding "reign of terror" in the Cook County Jail by gang leader Labar "Bro Man" Spann: While locked up at the Cook County Jail, reputed West Side gang leader Labar "Bro Man" Spann wanted everyone – jail guards, other inmates, the medical staff, even janitors – to know just how much power he wielded. "I run this s—," Spann, who's now facing new, federal charges that accuse him of taking part...(Read Full Post)