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When Club Oasis went down, it took the West Side's hard-earned trust with it



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"It was a mistake," Callon continues, referring to the raid. "They could have come up with the same results another way that would not have traumatized a whole demographic."

Gilbert Guerrero, who runs the West Side's Alta Vista charter schools, agrees. Now 50, he has lived in this neighborhood for almost three decades. He taught Chato Villalobos, the CAN officer, at Westport High School.

Last year, Guerrero and Villalobos organized an event for police officers at Alta Vista. Without telling the kids that they were cops, the officers spent a week tutoring and talking with students. At the end of the week, the men revealed that they were police officers. The experiment was win-win, Guerrero says: The officers learned about the neighborhood kids, and the kids learned that they shouldn't be afraid of cops.

Now, because some of his students are undocumented, Guerrero won't risk continuing the program.

"I trust Chato so much that I know he wouldn't bring anyone in here to harm my kids," Guerrero says, sitting cross-legged on a divan in the school's lobby. "But after that raid, I don't know if I would allow any police officers in that program to come and interact with my kids."

Guerrero credits Villalobos and Tomasic with gaining fragments of trust from the neighborhood — and he blames the Oasis raid for smashing them to pieces.

"I don't know how that comes back," he says, shaking his head. "It's almost like Chato and Matt have to start all over."

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