CHICAGO -- Clergy, community organizers, politicians and cops teamed up in South Chicago Tuesday to preach the word of taking back the streets.
"If we can chase the bad guys with the lights and sirens we can use them to bring in the good," said community organizer Edward Stanford.
Where police lights and crime tape have become far too common in recent weeks, they came together as part of an event called "Operation: Wake Up!"
Over the weekend a mass shooting at a party on the same block took the life of an 18-year-old young man, and five others were injured, one critically.
It was just one of three shootings, in the last five days, where nine people hit within a 3-block area.
They hope that by coming together, the violence will subside.
"Together we can do this but I need your help. These kids, you we all have a right to walk safely to the store, to the schools. We deserve that right," said 4th District Cmdr. Noel Sanchez.