Meet Gang Members From Chicago’s West Side (HBO)


Last night, Chicago passed 1,000 shootings for 2017. — Is this a war-torn country?
What are we doing? We have to stop the violence… — President Trump called out Chicago’s troubles,
and campaigned on finding the solution. 12 days after inauguration, a pastor named
Darrell Scott told President Trump he had one. Scott said “top gang thugs” in Chicago had personally
contacted him with a message for the President: — They respect you, they believe in what you’re doing, and they want to have a sit-down
about lowering that body count. — Darrell Scott is from Cleveland, and
doesn’t have many contacts in Chicago. But he’s got the attention of the White House. — …because what’s happening in Chicago
should not be happening in this country. — Scott and Donald Trump first met back in 2011, when Trump was flirting with
the thought of being President. During the campaign,
Scott introduced Trump at Ohio rallies and spoke at the Republican National Convention: — God bless Donald Trump! God bless you, and God bless America! — He’s now the CEO of the
National Diversity Coalition for Trump. And his promise has made him
the de-facto “Fix Chicago Advisor.” — I figure, I don’t know,
I guess I’ve seen all types of death. I don’t think it’s even affected me
like it should anymore. — Torrence Cooks is a former South Side
gang member turned community organizer. His cousin introduced him to
a pastor named Luther McKinstry, who then introduced Cooks to Darrell Scott. It was his one-off conversation with Darrell Scott
that turned into a promise to the President. — Hey, T.
— Hey, hey. — Come on in, man.
— How’re you doing, brother? — People have been talking about
saving Chicago for a long time. While he waited for Darrell Scott’s meeting,
Torrence Cooks organized his own town hall, for the South Side: — I have never, out of all the years of my life, ever seen this many children die before their parents. — We need to bring those young people that
we’re talking about into the room and talk to them. — No actual gang members showed up. — If it’s hard to get them to show up
to their own community center, what’s gonna happen when people
from the Trump administration want to come and talk to them too? — We don’t need them there, with the Trump meeting. We just need to get something done
from out of the Trump meeting. [SINGING]
— Daddy just went home! [SINGING]
To be with the Lord! [SINGING]
But it’s gonna be alright! [SINGING]
It’s gonna be…! It’s gonna be…! — Larry Tabron is a pastor who does
community outreach on Chicago’s West Side. He was skeptical of Scott’s comments
and decided to reach out to Scott, who then invited him to be a part of the meeting. — Do you buy it, that Trump is
the guy who can change Chicago? — I buy that he has the power to do it. If jobs are gonna come to my city,
I don’t care if we wake Hitler up out the grave. If Hitler says, “I’m going to help the African-American
community in the inner city of Chicago,” I’m going to roll with Hitler. — There are some people who’d say
that it’s about as likely that Trump is going to help
black people in Chicago as Hitler rising from the grave
to help black people in Chicago. Do you think that Trump has an
accurate understanding of Chicago, and that he can treat its people right? — The police tried it their way. The preachers tried it their way, where we’re praying our way out,
we’re laying on the ground, we’re marching. That didn’t work. — The plan was for Cooks to bring the South Side,
and for Tabron to handle the West. The two sides, historically,
haven’t been able to get along. The meeting was set for March 21st,
at a Marriott near the airport. — Deep down, the majority of us want the same thing. We want the homicide rate to stop in Chicago. I personally, in 2016, did over 100 funerals myself. — It’s hard enough to get community leaders
to work together. It’s even harder to get the gangs to. It no longer looks like organized crime
of the ’80s and ’90s: The original leaders are dead or in prison, and gangs have fractured into cliques,
fighting bitterly for money and territory. — Why, everyday, are you carrying
that around with you? — It ain’t safe. You don’t know who to trust, or who not to trust. — If you leave the house without this… — You’ll get killed. — …it’s like you basically said,
“Shit, fuck my life,” you know what I’m saying? — So when you wake up in the morning,
when do you first grab that? — Soon as you put on your clothes,
it’s like putting your clothes on. How you bend down to tie your shoe? How you go in the bathroom to
wash your face and brush your teeth? That goes on your hip like you’re putting your belt on. The last thing you do is worry about the police— I’d rather do a few years in a penitentiary,
than life in a cemetery. — Birdman and Lil G are gangster disciples
on Chicago’s West Side. — It’s doing a lot better than
when I first got out of the hospital. I wish each one of my bullets
could bring back one of my dead homies. I’ve been hit 13 times. That’d be 13 of my homies that’d be back. — Birdman was shot in November
and the wounds are still fresh. He replaces his bandages
with his grandma’s napkins and tape he borrowed from our cameraman. This reality is a world away from hotel
conference rooms, much less the Oval Office. Birdman and Lil G have never heard of
Darrell Scott, Pastor Tabron, or Torrence Cooks. — I bet you that whole table’s gonna be full
of everybody in suits and ties, man. They ain’t gonna have nobody in there
dressed like how we’re dressed. — Why don’t you think you get
invited to meetings like that? — How?
— They think we’re too ignorant. — How? How is somebody like us gonna get
invited to somewhere like that? You know what I’m saying?
Who’re they gonna send? How’re we gonna get an invitation? — The night before Darrell Scott’s scheduled meeting, Scott’s team sends out two conflicting press releases: the first calls the meeting a gang summit
with a negotiated ceasefire; the second walks the promise
of a ceasefire back. Less than an hour later,
Scott postpones the meeting. — This meeting happened on the impromptu, and it was because of the cancellation
of Dr. Scott and T. Cooks. — A frustrated Pastor Tabron invites people
to a makeup meeting on the West Side, no Southsiders or Trump associates in sight… …or gang members. — Ex-ing out the “Donald Trump syndrome”
and stop jumping on the bandwagon that Donald Trump is this monster
and he hates black people— we need to know for ourselves,
and that’s where I am right now. — Back in Cleveland, Pastor Darrell Scott prepared
to make things right, and reschedule the meeting. — There’s been some confusion around
what this meeting would look like, because it began at the Black History Month table with it sounding like Trump might actually
sit down with top gang thugs from Chicago. And then there was a release, that said that there’d be a ceasefire and immediate
job openings for the kids. Where are we now? — Ceasefire… if the Lord Jesus Christ
descended from Heaven right now, that would be hard for him to do. — At any point, when you consider, for some people, the life or death stakes here, and the
complicated geography of the city of Chicago— — And I’m learning that. This is a learning process to me,
I didn’t know. I did not know! — So do you ever feel like, “Damn,
maybe I bit off more than I could chew here”? — No, you know why? Because I’m not trying to grandstand, I’m not trying to showboat,
and my motives are pure. — Nearly three months after his promise
to the President, Scott held the meeting. This time, within walking distance from
the White House, at the four-star St. Regis hotel. — President Trump is unpopular
in the black community. And he wants to help. He wants to make good on his campaign promises, and if I’ve got anything to do with it, he’s gonna come through for everything he said
he’s gonna come through for the black community. — In the room, there was a mix of pastors… — I have churches in Africa, Haiti,
and one in Canfield, Ohio. — …businessmen… — I own a pharmaceutical company
in India with 178 employees. We make generic oncology drugs. — …and friends of Trump and Scott… — We’re here to really take action
and make change, so thank you for taking the action
of coming here to D.C. — …seated across from six Southsiders from Chicago. Pastor Tabron didn’t get the invite, and
Torrence Cooks missed his flight that morning. The conversation went on for five hours. — You know, in the streets,
they say, “Put up or shut up.” We put up, and we’re here. We’ve gotta bring home hope, because— — You gotta go back with a good report. — Not just a report. Because we’ve restructured the meetings, you have to remember, in the ghetto,
where people are poor, cynicism is heightened. “Man, it ain’t gonna happen,”
“Man, what’s up with this?” So we have to bring something back. — The Chicagoans wanted money for
nonprofits, housing, economic development, and programs to keep kids off the streets. What they received was a promise
that there’d be another meeting. — What’s important for us,
is establishing the next steps. — I always said this wasn’t the last meeting. I said it from the very beginning,
the first time they pounced on me about… saying, I was engaging with
some people from Chicago, I said, “This ain’t the last meeting,
it’s just the first meeting.” — In Chicago, waiting on promises and
processes means more people dead. Over 70 people have been shot
in Chicago since the meeting. — Everybody wants to say,
“Put the guns down, put the guns down.” But it’s impossible to put a gun down when
this side done killed somebody I grew up with, or this side done killed my brother,
or this side done killed my sister, or… you know what I’m saying? — Can’t you just decide, “I’m not gonna retaliate?” — How? If somebody was to kill somebody that was
close to you right now, what would you do? — I have no idea, to be completely honest. And then it’s like, how could you go in a courtroom and point this man out
when you’re on the streets yourself? — Right. So, at what point do people
say, like, “This is just too much”? — It can’t be too much, because
you’re in too deep now.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. Darrell Scott, a pastor in Chicago, told President Trump that he had a solution. Scott said “Top gang thugs” in Chicago had personally contacted him with a message for president Trump. Watch More: http://bit.ly/2wBBMVo

  2. But Yeah, Cuz. If I was going to steal from your car. It would be late at Night when your all kinda sleeping, and it's really Dark outside. Not in the bright daylight. And if someone did, steal from your care during the day, and you went up to them like that You might get shot or stabed. ✌️

  3. AT 7:40 ON THE VIDEO THIS FALSE PROPHET SAYS THAT EVEN IF YAHAWAH BA HASHAM YAHAWASHI DECENDED FROM HEAVEN HE COULDNOT STOP THE GANG VIOLENCE IN CHICAGO AMONGST THE 2/3RDS =666 SPIRITUALLY DEAD OF WHICH HE IS ONE.

  4. This shit ain’t neva gonna stop body’s dropping left and right they say why I tote the pipe I say I ain’t tryna loose my life

  5. It’s gonna be aight!!! He can’t CALL OUT HITTLER!!!! Are you crazy. That’s the most anti Semitic shit I’ve ever heard!! Shame on you and to be a pastor you have to support Jesus & Jerusalem. So by de facto that was awful to say and hurt my feelings!!

  6. I can’t put the gun down because their week! And WEAK! Not how Siri just spelled it. I quit caring a pistol years ago after my second gun case or not my third gun case and even taking shit to court beat it, so far I’m all in for about 250 grand every second of every 50 years on this planet! So I’m not to life in prison but I’m poor as shit and that’s what I get for carried a gun around plus I got shot twice! So yeah. I’ll tell you what the word of God save my life 100 times so I feel with these guys r saying

  7. Nothing got done. Waste of time for everyone else but the people making money off of the chaos. Curious too know on what was the result of all this was and would love to hear that answered by Darrell Scott

  8. Send in the national guard to set up posts on every other street corner, impose a curfew and install face recognition cameras on every street corner where murders take place. These animals will never get along and the only way to solve this is to lock up the few bad apples. These “gangsters” chose the life they’re living, they could’ve been law abiding citizens that contribute to society but they chhose to take another patch.

  9. How is a pastor from Ohio going to facilitate a cease fire in chicagotown? Does he even have relatives or friends or associates with gangster children in Chicago?

  10. Hey pastor? How much does the suit you're wearing cost? A pretty penny I'm sure. Why don't you take some of that money and invest in your community instead of yourself. Or does God want you to wear flashy stuff like that and complain about how broke your church and neighborhood is? How's the "building fund" coming along? Lol Got that new roof yet? I doubt it. Bet you got a new roof in that 2019 car you're probably driving tho lol

  11. Wtf covering yo face gon do? No point if y’all just gon expose ur tats🤦🏾‍♂️lord help these dumb mfs

  12. This is he problem with blk ppl following Bullshit promises from a bullshitter. Do they really think trump and conman Scott going to help them . I’ll hold my breathThis gangster shit is so redundant every thing is moving on in life and they happy to see these blk men murdering each other

  13. as much as I love Trump. The brother he chose to help represent Trump was a mistake. first sentence out his mouth let me know he is involved in those gangs more then most think, and anyone dealing with him knows when he get caught, he's definitely taking every one with him. I saw that in 2.5seconds flat ….. dude probably has something on Trump and want all this piece , have Trump put in peace policies " for community" and that dude and affiliations, would be on top use rules they feed Trump.. he's good to get Trump's attention,if smart he would have used Too Short or someone,even a "No Body Else" he should know 1 thing anyone on Earth has a chance to get his wishes fufill Ed, Except him!I'm willing to bet half the people watching saw pretty much what I did just faster 😂 I didn't even watch hole thing. peace and love to use all . remember 1 pride can ruin millions of lives in all areas of it!

  14. How many armed citizens would it take to raid these hideouts and finally clean up the streets? I'm certain these gangs are lacking in possession or knowledge of explosives? Would be a huge advantage to look into.

  15. I've been wondering this for so long. If you get shot like the guy at 5:34 or cut open or something, does the skin get a little bit more loose? It seems like the surface area of his skin increased because the tattoo split and then more skin grew in between, so wouldn't that mean his skin is slightly looser?

  16. Lets be honest…take the focus off Trump…put the focus on why there is gun play…bottom line its over money…drugs…territory…and absolute control…and this isnt about the black community but across the board….

  17. The white devils wan't the blacks to keep killing each other all they wan't is the land for their own people.

  18. I put the drugs down so you can to. I also put down running a crew and so can you. You have no excuses!

  19. Seems to me that everyone enjoyed the meal during the "meeting" . I am suprised Gordon Ramsey didnt pop-up to ask them about their meal.

  20. This man thinks Trump is a racist he didn't say it with words 98% of communication is non verbal you don't have to say much to say much

  21. I knew he was lying when he said top gang leaders contacted him there are no leaders just lil sets going at each other all over the places

  22. Trump is an idiot why even make this about trump,
    listen the shooting is bad but he cuased a shooting the el paso shooting he is the stupidest president we have ever had ok he is terrible and a white supremises

  23. Blacks ruin everything everywhere and all the time. All of the most dangerous cities in the US are the ones with large black populations. Black men, at 6% of the population commit 56% of gun murders and 59% of felony murders. Some 11% of black men are in jail right now. Crime is also sky-high in all black nations! Low Intelligence Causes Crimes!

  24. I’m a suburban Chicago kid and I new couple of mutual friends who lived in these conditions, but I know Chicago’s streets like a second home and I went back to Chicago and was driving around the west side and it gave a weird sense of home but it’s where no one goes

  25. If you think for one minute that their president is going to help our people than brother you are really and truly blind

  26. The problem these people aren’t trying to fix isn’t these gang members you can rarely change adults on a mindset nevertheless millions the problem you should be trying to fix is their kids the continuing cycle

  27. The problem is too many young black kids have no proper guidance. South side Chicago throwing up gang sign is cool . There is no loyalty among people in the community ,and you got people killing each other instead of working together to bring the community out of the shits .

  28. Trump should get the Chicago BD & GD gang leaders or the main “instigators” to speak out against this in order to make changes.

  29. these people are so full of them selves it's sickening . they don't live in Compton California . their gang problem is full of wannabees . just stop be your self no one care's about you or your gang

  30. Would you rather live with the fact we got trump because the majority voted for him or spend your life wasted protesting his shit.

  31. Make a law in Chicago if a youth gets caught with a gun and has gang connections , there is no jail charge or criminal but is forced to go to military school if to young for military and if 18 forced to go to military for 4 years , if they want to play with guns then learn them in the military and point them in the right direction

    Sending them to jail only makes them bigger gang member and comes out with more enemies and gang ties

    This will give the youth a chance to get away from that environment and structure in the military to make something for themselves and make proud strong Americans out of them

    We have to stop looking at this a dying black kids and start looking at this a dying americans because that's what it is

    I know the military law will work , alot of these kids are looking for a way out and jail is only more of a way in

    Something like this makes to much sense which makes me think theh truly do not want to fix it , stop expecting to youth to fix it and force them to have some guidance , I'm all for freedom and forcing ppl to join the military is not freedom but if it saves their lifes and puts them in a position to save lives and grow and it betters America and it's better than a felony and only getting deeper into gang activity like let's make some real changes that will work

    I know they are not trying to change because if they were I would not be the first person mentioned this solution because I've never seen it before

    I pray for the youth in Chicago and I sympathize with them so much , I understand how being born in a messed up situation can turn into this but let's not blame anybody but ourselves because we are all responsible for this , the only way to fix this is to truly care about your fellow brother or sister and make some new laws that will actually make a difference and dont the ppl that are not living this life style in Chicago deserve better because if not for the gang bangers then do it for them the innocent people caught up in this

  32. city is very segregated I live on the west side, i am 13 and was a baseball practice and there was a drive by, they shot at me, 2 teens were intended targets (me and my teammate closest to street) http://www.cwbchicago.com/2019/06/hamlin-park-shots-fired-near-ball-field.html the city is very nice and pretty and fun, but there is a huge issue at hand.

  33. Trump is going to do something the feds are investigating all these gang members and they will stsrt arresting them 10 20 30 40 50 at a time watch and see .
    New chicago head federal attorney and etc .

  34. Darrell Scott doesn't have a clue about Chicago gangs,the one thing that he failed to mention is that these gangs don't have any structure or leadership at any level

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