Aug 20, 2018
Early in August, Norfolk Southern Railroad left an unlocked truck full of gym shoes on a neighborhood street in Englewood on Chicago’s South Side. It was a “bait truck” operation.
Subsequently, three men were arrested, two for breaking into the truck; the third was a deaf man who said he went into the open truck to find food.
Community activists caught on, and followed the truck, asking questions of the police who were hanging around nearby in unmarked SUVs. The activists asked questions that many in the community were thinking, like: “Why would you all do that in the hood, though?” Yes, why? Unemployment runs almost 50% for black men in neighborhoods like Englewood.
The activists’ video went viral on the internet, forcing the police and the railroad to shut down the operation. And, in face of that anger, the attorney general dropped charges against the three men who were arrested.