Vic Mensa Hosts Anti-Bait Truck Shoe Giveaway In Chicago

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This kid was one of the shorties playing basketball at the rim where they pulled up the first bait truck. Let’s show these kids we care about them, not that we want them to be criminals! Love to the community of Englewood for welcoming us into their home to spread power. Shouts to Charles McKenzie and emack for keeping it all 💯 on their deck, we are stronger together than apart. 📸 by @savemoneysavelife official photographer @veesanders

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Earlier this month, local and national news outlets reported on videos posted by an activist in Englewood that depicted Chicago Police officers parking an unmarked truck filled with merchandise in the neighborhood, with the intention of arresting anyone who tried to break into it. In one of the videos, the activist confronts the police officers monitoring the "bait truck," one of whom replied, "No one touches it, no one gets locked up."

According to Vox, the truck (which contained Nike Air Force 1 and Christian Louboutin shoes) was left at multiple sites in the South Side neighborhood as part of an operation arranged by the Norfolk Southern Railway police that was meant to deter cargo theft. The "bait truck" operation was used to lure thieves and ultimately led to three arrests, according to the Vox report.

Vic Mensa was just one of several prominent Chicagoans who took notice of the "bait truck" incident and the impact that it's had on the community. 

The rapper's SaveMoneySaveLife foundation gave away thousands of shoes to Englewood, a low-income South Side neighborhood

Utmost love and appreciation to Anwar Hadid for being a visionary ! We connected thru my involvement in the Palestinian struggle, & when he saw me post the bait truck he called me with the brilliant idea to give away shoes on the same street where it happened. But he didn’t stop there, pulling in @shaunking and others who took it from a hair brained scheme to a huge movement. All power to Shaun as well for being vigilant in his pursuit of justice and making the anti bait truck huge globally. Last but not least I want to send appreciation to @solowkid_mckenzie for being the person to actually film & expose the bait truck and being on the ground in Englewood at all times, as well as for bringing us into his hood with open arms and peace

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