Peoria gang members and associate given tough message

By WEEK Producer

December 10, 2012 Updated Dec 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Twenty-five young men, Peoria gang members and their associates, were given a tough message to take back to their friends Monday Night.

That message: to stop gun violence or the entire gang could face the consequences.

Local law enforcement, prosecutors and social service agencies confronted the young men who had been told to show up Monday night, or risk violating their probation.

"And that means the first homicide that a group is connected in, we are going to bring all the resources of the law enforcement community to bare on that group, regardless of who fired the shot," said Peoria Police Chief Steve Settingsgaard.

A clean word to use would be 'shock'. They have never seen a community, this community, come together with a message like they witnessed today. I'll echo what the mayor said. Do I know it's going to work? No. Am I encouraged? Yes," said Carl Cannon of the Elite Youth Outreach.

The next step is waiting to see if the message gets through to Peoria's gang community.

Meanwhile, Chief Settingsgaard says four men who failed to show up Monday Night could face jail time for parole or probation violation.

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