From Illinois Review:
ELGIN, IL – A Chicago law firm is asking a court in Elgin, Illinois, to get off the backs of former gang members who are now born-again Christians.
Attorney Andy Norman of the law firm Mauck & Baker represents the former members of the Latin Kings, a rather notorious gang in Elgin, Illinois. Norman tells OneNewsNow of the great awakening experienced by some of the members of that gang.“Three of them were in the gang,” he explains. “One [of my clients] actually was never in the gang. He was born-again, and he started witnessing to the three who were in the gang. And, one by one, they ended up coming to faith and then leaving the gang.”
Two were beaten out of the gang. That means having to pay to get out of the gang or experience a very intense beating for two minutes – which, if survived, allows the member to be released from the gang. However, even after that experience, the new Christians were not done with the gang.
“They started witnessing to other gang members, some of whom were born-again as a result,” he says. “And that takes a lot of courage because once you’re out of the gang, you’re [considered] a bad guy, you’re an enemy. To go back into the gang area and try and get gang members to leave is a very risky thing.”
But the city of Elgin has used the Street Gang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act, which helps in breaking up street gangs, to prevent these former gang members from witnessing their faith. The city filed a lawsuit in September 2010 to obtain a court order prohibiting them from any interactions with current members of the Latin Kings. For more than four years the case has languished in court without being resolved.
Can anyone shed some light on this?