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CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago rapper’s foundation will be giving away thousands of shoes in a low-income South Side neighborhood where a recent sting using “bait trucks” to lure potential shoe thieves faced criticism from civil rights activists and local officials.

Rapper Vic Mensa’s SaveMoneySaveLife foundation will give away shoes Sunday in the Englewood neighborhood, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. The 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.

“It’s been so beautiful,” she said. “I’m so excited for these kids to get shoes for the new (school) year.”

Keepseagle said large donations were made from as far as Germany, China and Australia by multiple athletes and musicians who asked to remain anonymous.

“It’s amazing. I spent the last half hour crying,” Keepseagle said. “It’s been overwhelming.”

The event will also feature barbers and stylists offering free haircuts, as well as performances and food trucks.

Mensa and Chance the Rapper will be in attendance.

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6 thoughts on “Chicago Rapper Giving Away Free Shoes With ‘Anti-Bait’ Truck Event

  1. Ernestine Morrison on said:

    Mike Mensa ” ya done good” and you
    would have made Brother Malcolm, Ron
    Karenga and W.E.Duboise of the
    Talented Ten proud. Keep on doing,
    whatcha doing baby and RIGHT ON 😂.

  2. ** “HATS OFF TO “VIC MENSA” FOR HIS CONSIDERATIONS . . YOUR THE MAN BROTHER. *”FREE SNEAKERS”*
    PLUS HAIRCUTS, FOOD & MUSIC… A GREAT IDEA TO PUMP THE KIDS UP FOR THE BEGINNING SCHOOL YEAR. I COMMEND YOU FOR YOUR LOVING ACTIONS.
    AS WELL; THE PARTICIPATION OF ANOTHER GOOD BROTHER “CHANCE”. . . . AS WE SAY HERE IN NEW YORK CITY : “YOUR PUTTING IN WORK B”

  3. Michael Middleton on said:

    I commend Vic Mensa for his anti-bait truck stance. His gesture is what many of us should be doing to offset the evil from law enforcement and their supports against people of color.

  4. Black kids get Niki’s, white and asian kids get educational add’s and we wonder why standards (affirmative action) have to be lowered for us

    • Those shoes will take a lot of those kids to school where they will get the education that they so rightly deserve. You must be a trump supporter or a russian, either way you should review your purpose here on Earth, maybe it’s time to leave. By the way “Nike” not “Niki”.

      • Michael Middleton on said:

        bgminc….jhuff is a fool whose only purpose is to create havoc among people of color. If everyone would ignore this clown, “it” will take its flawed stupidity elsewhere.

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