Railroad apologizes for wearing Nike sneakers & # 039; bait truck & # 039; in black Chicago neighborhood police sting

Police were seen arresting after allegedly parking a "bait truck" full of expensive designer shoes in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood.

Norfolk Southern Railroad apologized for using a "bait truck" laden with designer shoes to attract potential thieves in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood.

Norfolk Southern issued a statement Friday saying it recognized the recent operation "eroded trust between the police and the community". and he said he does not plan to use this method in the future.

Activists alleged that in early August, the partially open truck, said to be full of boxes of Nike sneakers, was parked near a group of children playing basketball in southwestern Chicago in an attempt to lure the residents of the city. neighborhood to commit a crime. Police and undercover police cars were stationed nearby.

Police were seen arresting after allegedly parking a "bait truck" full of expensive designer shoes in an impoverished Chicago neighborhood.

The sting of the bait truck was carried out as a joint operation by the Chicago Police Department and the Norfolk Southern Railroad police

The sting of the bait truck was carried out as a joint operation by the Chicago Police Department and the Norfolk Southern Railroad police

The police were observed making arrests (left) after allegedly parking a "bait truck". full of expensive designer shoes in an impoverished neighborhood and leave it unlocked and unguarded

A local politician revealed that it was a joint operation between the Norfolk Southern Railroad police and the Chicago Police Department.

A Chicago police spokesman said the department was not involved in the planning of the operation, while a spokesman for the Norfolk Southern Railroad told the Chicago Tribune that the operation was used to lure people who had allegedly been entering and stealing cargo containers in nearby yards.

The spokeswoman for the railway police said that three people, between 21 and 59 years old, were arrested by the bait truck's two-day operation.

The Cook County Prosecutor's Office said Friday that it has since removed the charges of theft against it.

Residents of the Englewood neighborhood filmed police arresting a man and accused the officers of trying to trap poor residents with the truck. Residents who appeared in the video, which went viral on Wednesday, said the truck was stocked with Nikes.

In the videos that were published online, the police are seen surrounded by angry residents, with marked and covered police cars parked nearby.

It was said that this "bait truck" was parked near children playing basketball

It was said that this "bait truck" was parked near children playing basketball

It was said that this "bait truck" was parked near children playing basketball

The activists confronted the officers, claiming that the situation was set to turn local children into robbers

The activists confronted the officers, claiming that the situation was set to turn local children into robbers

The activists confronted the officers, claiming that the situation was set to turn local children into robbers

The locals were seen arguing with the police and saying that the bait cars were a "dirty tactic"

The locals were seen arguing with the police and saying that the bait cars were a "dirty tactic"

The locals were seen arguing with the police and saying that the bait cars were a "dirty tactic"

While the locals argue with the police that the trucks are a "dirty" tactic, and the officers are "organizing" the community, it was seen that law enforcement argued that anyone who became involved with the trucks was making a conscious decision.

"Instead of stopping the crime, they're trying to create it," said Martin Johnson, who spent an hour filming the second truck.

He was joined by another local woman, Helen, who said the police were forcing a group of people who were already at risk behind bars.

"When you live in the conditions in which we live, communities that die of hunger and are hungry, your conditions and your situation make decisions for you," he said, referring to the policeman who a day earlier had said that the arrested had # 39; conscious choice & # 39;

"Those who acted and went to jail yesterday, did not make a conscious decision, their conditions made a decision for them," he said.

In 2015, the city's data revealed that the Englewood community is 95 percent black, with 58.4 percent of households with incomes of less than $ 25,000.

The day after the recorded altercation, the truck left, leaving angry activists and locals to congratulate each other for their victory.

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