Police: Chief Keef’s Cicero concert canceled amid security concerned

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Rapper Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, arrives at the Lake County Courthouse in Waukegan for an appearance regarding a DUI arrest on March 5th in Highland Park. (Chris Walker, Chicago Tribune / April 11, 2014)

Chief Keef’s concert scheduled to take place Saturday at the Olympic Theater in Cicero has been canceled amid security concerns.

Cicero Police Supt. Bernard Harrison tells the Chicago Tribune that it was canceled because authorities fear Chief Keef’s presence could cause chaos and violence.

“We have indications from intelligence sources that there were going to be problems and there have been many problems at his concerts in other places,” Harrison told the Tribune Wednesday morning.

In recent days, there have been a flurry of rumors on social media that the rapper or his entourage may be the target of violence.

Harrison said he planned to secure a written letter from the owner ensuring the concert would not take place in the western suburb.

In any event, he told the Tribune that police department preparing extra security for that evening.

Chief Keef, who’s real name is Keith Cozart, has also been personally impacted by violence, most recently in April when his cousin and fellow recording artist Big Glo Hess was shot and killed.

Chicago Tribune reporter Lolly Bowean contributed to this report.