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The winning design, created by Herbert Pulgar, a 15-year-old Lawrence Hall Youth Services freshman, came under fire on a blog frequently read by Chicago police Tuesday. The blogger argued that the artwork -- which shows four hands held up in the air above a heart, a city skyline and symbols representing firefighters, police officers and paramedics -- referenced signs signifying the Maniac Latin Disciples, one of Chicago's most notorious gangs.
Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza announced Wednesday afternoon that a controversial design for the city's new vehicle sticker, which allegedly referenced gang signs, will be dumped in favor of the second-place design from a citywide contest held late last year.
The family's attorney, Blake Horwitz, said that Weis owed the teen an apology as he has suffered anxiety attacks and had trouble sleeping since the allegations surfaced, according to the Tribune
Chicago City Sticker Dumped Over Alleged Gang Signs, Artist's Mother Blames 'Haters'
Here's a Facebook (or Twitter) conversation a concerned citizen sent us :
Pulgar did acknowledge that his Facebook page, which has since been made private, had pictures of him flashing gang signs, but he said that was a “stupid” mistake from his past. He admitted he’s been in trouble before, but claimed working to win the contest was his way of trying to turn his life around.
I don't care what drawing they pick, but just as long as it is not the first one. The drawing with the super heroes and the "Black Fist," of the Black Panther movement is stretching it. You can string things together whatever way you like.
Then you mention throwing up gang signs is trivial and everybody is doing it to be "cool?"