Thousands of shoes distributed at anti-bait truck event in Englewood

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Monday, August 27, 2018
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An event organized by rapper Vic Mensa distributed 10,000 pairs of shoes and gave free haircuts Sunday in Chicago's South Side Englewood community.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- An event organized by rapper Vic Mensa distributed 10,000 pairs of shoes and gave free haircuts Sunday in Chicago's South Side Englewood community.

The event was organized in response to a Chicago police sting earlier this month. Activists criticized the Chicago Police Department for using a bait truck filled with athletic shoes to catch thieves, saying it exploited people in need.

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Police arrested three men but later dropped the charges.

"The kids that's struggling that's my age or younger, I like to help them get through their struggles so they won't have to struggle," said William Price.

Athletes and musicians helped donate shoes through the Save Money Save Life Foundation.