Rapper Vic Mensa’s Save Money Save Life foundation will give away thousands of free shoes in a low-income South Side Chicago neighborhood where a recent sting using “bait trucks” to lure potential shoe thieves faced criticism from civil rights activists and local officials. The Sunday, August 26th event comes after residents filmed police arresting a man and accused officers of trying to entrap poor residents.
Norfolk Southern Railroad organized the sting with assistance from the Chicago Police Department. The effort was aimed at combatting thefts from nearby rail yards. The railroad company has since apologized , and prosecutors dropped charges against three people arrested during the sting.
Sunday’s event will include multiple “anti-bait trucks” with gym shoes from brands, including Puma, Adidas, Nike and Converse, for everyone from toddlers to adults, said foundation co-founder Laundi Keepseagle.
West Englewood Community Center
2050 W 59th Street
Chicago, IL 60611
August 26th, 4-7pm
FREE to the Public!