POLL: Did the Village Overreact to this Week's 'Suspected Gang Member's Funeral?'

A short warning that District 124 sent out about a "suspected gang member's funeral" generated a lot of conversation on Patch. Do you think a robo-call and reactions went a little overboard?

When word spread of a it spiralled into a debate about in-town safety, whether or not the initial community alert was offensive, and the residency of the deceased.

While it was acknowledged by several Patch readers that families have the right to memorialize their family members wherever they want and crime is inevitable in any town, some replied saying residents have the right to safety. Others questioned the validity of the community alert that District 124 sent to parents on Friday.

Police, who said they haven't given this type of warning before, said they were merely letting the District know so that they were aware. As of late Tuesday afternoon, no crimes or disturbances were reported as a result of the wake and funeral. District 124 officials said they didn't expect such an uproar.

But what do you think? Did your neighbors overreact to the robo-call? Was a community alert necessary? Take our poll and tell us why or why not in the comments.


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Celeste Halko May 09, 2012 at 10:19 PM
After I saw their Youtube video, I know for sure this was not an overreaction. If that's how they act when they are honoring the dead, I would hate to see them when they are not at their best.
Kaitlin May 10, 2012 at 01:04 PM
I think the village was being cautious but the people completely over reacted. People just loss all sense of respect for the family and people who were mourning the loss of a loved one. It's almost like some people forget that a human life had just been lost. It was just sad.
EP in the EP May 10, 2012 at 10:50 PM
While I understand that the loss of a life should be respected, I don't believe it was ungracious of the villiage to alert the neighbors. Let's put it from another perspective: if it was a celebrity who was being mourned, we'd have an alert on that. Safety, re-routing, and general information is gained by such open communication; whether it's for a suspected villian or a revered leader.
Wes May 17, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Safety is paramount to me as a resident but there are overt hints of profiling involved here as well.I believe the reality is this, until this COUNTRY has open honest and realistic dialog about RACE we will continue to ignore it like the pink elephant in the room.


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