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Chicago police add new efforts to fight gang violence

Donte Dacres mugshot

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Updated: May 12, 2012 8:17AM

When 19-year-old Anthony Scott lay on a West Rogers Park street last month with a bullet to the head, police gang enforcement officers on the scene reacted swiftly.

They gathered intelligence on an feud between his gang, the Black P Stones, and its rivals, the Gangster Disciples.

A gang enforcement sergeant radioed a “flash message” to officers warning of possible retaliation.

And, later that night, beat officers arrested 22-year-old Donte Dacres for allegedly carrying a gun.

The officers suspected Dacres — a reputed member of Scott’s gang — was getting ready to avenge his shooting.

The police said Dacres threw the gun away during a chase. A judge dismissed the gun charge for lack of probable cause, but Dacres was returned to prison for a parole violation.

His arrest is an example of the department’s latest efforts to prevent gang shootings, said Lt. Maureen Biggane, a police spokeswoman.

“A big part of this is the new initiative to broadcast a flash message if retaliation is expected,” Biggane said.

Such radio messages are becoming routine, according to beat officers in Rogers Park and other districts.

The department also is providing beat officers with updated information about gang territories and gang “associates,” Biggane said. Dacres was identified in a February “gang audit” of the Rogers Park police district as an associate of the Black P Stones gang.

Dacres has been a victim of gun violence twice — getting shot in 2006 and 2007, according to court records stemming from his 2010 drug conviction. He told authorities bullets were still lodged in his body and he suffered from leg problems and nerve damage.

Dacres and Scott were cousins, he allegedly told officers after he was arrested on the night of Scott’s shooting on March 16.

Almost two weeks later, police arrested reputed Gangster Disciples member Kwanie Thomas in the murder. Thomas, 15, was charged as an adult.

Cook County prosecutors said Scott approached Thomas and others standing outside a store in the 6300 block of North Oakley and shouted “GDK,” meaning Gangster Disciples Killer.

Thomas allegedly pointed a .22-caliber revolver at Scott and pulled the trigger, but the gun didn’t go off. As Scott tried to run, Thomas fired again and shot Scott in the back of the head, according to prosecutors.

Surveillance video captured Thomas holding the gun in his hand before the killing, prosecutors said. Witnesses identified Thomas as the shooter and the murder weapon was recovered from a nearby garbage can, prosecutors added.

Biggane said Scott’s slaying was part of an ongoing feud between the GDs and a faction of the Black P Stones at Devon and Bell in West Rogers Park.

Ten people — including 6-year-old Aliyah Shell — were shot to death across Chicago on the weekend Scott was killed.

Following those murders, police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced he was putting together a comprehensive gang strategy, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel declared: “Our streets do not belong to gang-bangers.”

Contributing: Rummana Hussain

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