Chicago police cleared out a Southwest Side funeral home today after a large group of friends of slain rap artist Lil Jojo gathered around his casket and nearly knocked it over.
The scene drew outrage from relatives of the slain 18-year-old and other mourners, including one who picked up a microphone and exclaimed, "Y'all being disrespectful!"
A handful of police officers then rushed into the Jones Funeral Home at 3240 W. 79th St. and escorted a couple hundred people out into a parking lot.
In the crowded parking lot, a song performed by Lil Jojo blared from a car. In it he chants "BDK!" -- a phrase of disrespect toward the Black Disciples street gang. Police have alleged Lil Jojo – whose real name is Joseph Coleman -- was affiliated with the rival Gangster Disciples and their "Brick Squad" faction.
Meanwhile, six or seven squad cars sat parked across the street from the funeral home and a police helicopter hovered overhead.
After the funeral home was cleared, dozens of cars traveled in a procession to Mount Hope Cemetery in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood as police from Chicago and neighboring Evergreen Park followed.
Once the procession reached 115th Street and Pulaski Road, officers received a "shots fired" call along with a report that one of the motorists was carrying weapons, police said.
A handful of squad cars-- their lights flashing and sirens blaring -- pulled over a white car on suspicion of the weapons offense, but later let its occupants go when none was found.
Just outside the cemetery, officers with guns drawn also stopped a Chevrolet Suburban after learning there could be weapons inside it. That, too, proved to be a false alarm.
One person who was part of the funeral was placed under arrest, however, on a traffic charge just north of the cemetery, police said.
Coleman was riding on a bicycle last week when he was fatally shot at 69th Street and Princeton Avenue. Police have been looking into whether a war of words in the Chicago hip-hop community was somehow linked to his slaying.
Police were also monitoring tweets put out on Twitter celebrating Coleman's death. At least one of them was written by Chief Keef, a local rap artist known to have been feuding with Lil Jojo.Copyright © 2015, RedEye