The book is packed with stories about fighting crime in Chicago, written firsthand from the perspective of a Chicago Cop who rolled up his sleeves and was on the front lines of Chicago’s war on crime.
Greg Zito began his career as a military police officer in Germany and worked at the Chicago Transit Authority Police before he joined the Chicago Police Department in the 1960s. He worked three years as a patrol officer and was promoted to detective working with the Gang Crimes Unit.
He was involved in six shootouts, armed robberies and fatally shot one. He has responded to two emergency calls to assist police who were in trouble.
These and other stories are shared in a book he has written called “History of Street Cops: Gangs, Drugs, and Guns in the City of Chicago and the Cabrini Green Snipers.”
Zito was assigned to the once tough Cabrini Green public housing projects in the 1970s and 1980s, battling the toughest street gangs like the Cobra Stones and the El Rukns which had more than 600 members. It was a small army of criminals that had taken over an area that only years before had been the neighborhood where his family had raised him and his grandparents lived.
“The first two weeks we were in the middle of two gang wars arresting over fifty gang members and recovering or confiscating over 50 weapons,” Zito wrote about his assignment with his partner Officer Bill Mokstad