3 gang members allegedly threatened police

August 17, 2011 12:37:21 PM PDT
Three men are accused of assaulting a police officer and inciting a riot during an drug-related arrest near an elementary school in Summit, Ill.

The suspects -- Maurice Lanier, 27 of Broadview, Carlton Polk, 31, of Lynwood and Tauraun Lanier, 39, of Broadview -- are members of the Gangster Disciples, according to Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Officials say Polk and Tauraun Lanier were parked in a car near Wharton Elementary School, in the 7500-block of West 64th Street in Summit, on August 10 when passing officers smelled marijuana. Tauraun Lanier was taken into custody.

Polk allegedly attempted to run and a scuffle broke out with an officer. Police used pepper spray on him, according to a release from the sheriff, and he was taken into custody.

During those arrests, Maurice Lanier came to the scene and told officers, " 'I'll kill you' if they didn't let the two go free," according to the release. Police say he had his hand under his shirt so officers ordered him to the ground. Maurice Lanier told the officers "shoot me," according to the release, and called for other people to gather around, inciting a crowd. He was taken into custody after a brief struggle.

Police say they found three grams of marijuana,12 grams of heroin, and 8 grams of crack cocaine.

Polk faces felony possession of cocaine and felony possession of heroin. He is being held on $300,000. Tauraun Lanier is charged with possession of cannabis. Maurice Lanier is charged with assault and resisting arrest.

All three men have prior criminal histories.

Officers from the Cook County Sheriff's Office, Summit and Bridgeview police departments all responded, according to Sheriff Dart.

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