A Illinois county might create a special task force to protect cemeteries as gangs have taken to opening fire on each other during funerals.
Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart proposed creating a special task force Thursday to combat rival gangs trying to shoot each other during funeral services, reported FOX 32.
During a talk with various political leaders, religious members and funeral directors, Dart called for a task force made up of the three groups that would try to fix the problem.
“This has been something that has been escalating I’d say over the last ten to 15 years from where it was not much of a problem. It was very isolated. To now it occurs more frequently,” Dart said.
One funeral director has grown increasingly concerned with the level of violence at funerals and how it could affect his employees.
“It is dramatic for the families and very dramatic even for the funeral directors, the violence that’s going on and all the things that’s happening. Guns and knives,” Funeral director John McCall said.
Hillside Police Chief Joseph Lukaszek recalled having to chase down a car after a person in it started firing shots at a funeral in December. He eventually caught up with it and found three guns.
“We need our judicial system to enforce what laws are on the books. We need our states attorneys to prosecute the criminals and put these people behind bars,” he said.