Alderman, lawmaker highlight neighborhood drug problem

April 10, 2009 (CHICAGO) Ald. Ed Smith and Rep. Lashawn Ford joined together with police at Lavergne and Hubbard on the city's West Side.

Alderman Smith says, with drug dealers working around the clock, it is unsafe for kids to play outside in the neighborhood, even at a nearby park.

"There are shootings, beatings, and these guys are so vicious that they are actually jumping on the police officers. Police officers can hardly come to this block to do their business," said Smith, who represents the 28th Ward.

Police held an outside roll call and drew attention to a new so-called 'cop-in-a-box' camera that has been installed in the area.

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