New of the Weird: Chicago gang leader says hospital closing would bring 'genocide'

  • by: CHUCK SHEPHERD
  • Updated: July 19, 2013 - 4:53 PM

Despite Chicago’s recent crisis of gang-related street murders, the Roseland Community Hospital in a tough South Side neighborhood is on the verge of closing because of finances, and community groups have been energetically campaigning to keep it open. Joining civic leaders in the quest is the Black Disciples street gang, whose co-founder Don Acklin begged in June for the hospital to remain open, explaining, “It’s bad enough we’re out here harming each other.” Besides wounded gang members needing emergency care, said Acklin, closing it would amount to “genocide” because of all the innocent people exposed to crossfire.

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