Demonstrators in Chicago on Aug. 5, 2016, distribute photos of Paul O’Neal before protesting his fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer.
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After the fatal police shooting of Paul O'Neal in Chicago, police say that leaders of three West Side gangs met to discuss an attack on the Chicago Police Department.

An alert was issued to the Chicago Police Department a day after the supposed meeting took place, insinuating that leaders of the Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers were planning to shoot members of the department, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.


The alert noted that the Four Corner Hustlers "provided guns" and will be supplying the other two gangs with weapons. The gang also allegedly has "a sniper in place"; however, the location is unclear.

According to the Sun-Times, the president of Lodge 7 of the Fraternal Order of Police, Dean Angelo, blamed the alleged threats on "rhetoric" from the O'Neal family's attorney and statements from Sharon Fairley, the head of the city's Independent Police Review Authority.

"We had inflammatory and false rhetoric coming from [O'Neal family lawyer Michael Oppenheimer] and statements that weren’t true," said Angelo. "You also have a lead investigator in police-involved deaths talking about how shocking and disturbing this is."

Police sources say that members of the CPD have been advised to "limit interaction and visibility."


Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.

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