Chicago gangs were instrumental in averting much violence during
the weekend’s rioting in this city, according to informed
| According to Maurice Boyce, a group of
about 20 girls approached the school and urged students to walk out.
Another group also approached the school with intentions of breaking out windows and destroying property. The outside groups only had time to break a few windows before members of the Cobras had brought the situation under control.
According to Boyce, an employee of Commissions on Youth Welfare who works with the group, the Cobras had promised school officials to look after the building. “As a result,” he said, “this is the best looking school in the area.”
On the Southside two black gangs abandoned vows of hatred in order to assist federal troops, National Guardsmen and police in containing violence in the area.
The Blackstone Rangers and the Eastside Disciples, often opponents to the death, agreed to a temporary truce and offered their services to what has been in the past a common enemy, the law.
Approximately 350 Rangers and 500 Disciples met at the Midway Plaisance in front of the University of Chicago and agreed to a truce.
Dave Barksdale, leader of the Disciples, said the gangs agreed to the truce “because of the way the police were handling the situation.”
“We’re tired of people messing up our neighborhood. We’re tired of our people getting killed.” Barksdale said they united to stop the rioting, observed the 7 p.m. curfew and helped police and troops in whatever ways they could.
“We can control and police people better than the police and the army,” a Disciple said.
Perhaps because of this concerted action by Negro youth gangs, at nightfall, Sunday, the sounds of destruction that filled Chicago during the past few days were not heard.
Instead there was “clear the streets or be placed under arrest” booming from police bullhorns or the quieter plea of a weary policeman, “Let’s go home.”