Police arrest alleged gang members under new state law

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Under the state’s new anti-racketeering law, Chicago Police began to arrest alleged members of the Black Souls street gang Thursday.

Arrests ranged on charges from drug trafficking to murder under the state’s Street Gang RICO Act to hold gang leaders accountable for the heavy violence that plagues Chicago’s streets.

The Black Souls gang was founded on the city’s West Side and is thought to have a half-dozen factions Handcuffswith more than 750 members, according to law enforcement reports.

A news conference will be held with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez among other officials at 3 p.m. at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

WGN Web Producer Ally Suffrin, and the Chicago Tribune contributed to this report.


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