RELIGION

Cleveland-area pastor cancels his Chicago 'gang summit'

File-This July 20, 2016, file photo shows Darrell Scott, Senior Pastor of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries speaking during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. A Cleveland-area minister who told President Donald Trump that Chicago's "top gang thugs" wanted to meet with him to find ways to reduce gun violence said the decision to cancel the event had nothing to do with criticism from activists in the city. The Rev. Scott said the meeting won't happen Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at a hotel near O'Hare International Airport because three people he wanted to attend, including an education expert who became ill at an airport, had to cancel. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

File-This July 20, 2016, file photo shows Darrell Scott, Senior Pastor of New Spirit Revival Center Ministries speaking during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. A Cleveland-area minister who told President Donald Trump that Chicago's "top gang thugs" wanted to meet with him to find ways to reduce gun violence said the decision to cancel the event had nothing to do with criticism from activists in the city. The Rev. Scott said the meeting won't happen Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at a hotel near O'Hare International Airport because three people he wanted to attend, including an education expert who became ill at an airport, had to cancel. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Cleveland-area minister who told President Donald Trump that Chicago's "top gang thugs" wanted to meet with him to find ways to reduce gun violence has canceled an event he was calling a gang summit.

The Rev. Darrell Scott says the meeting won't happen Tuesday because three people he wanted to attend, including an education expert, couldn't make it.

He says canceling the event had nothing to do with Chicago activists criticizing him. Some say he doesn't understand the city's gang problem and has no ability to solve it.

Scott says the news release about the summit overstated his goals for the meeting. He says he had no intention of trying to negotiate a cease-fire with gang members as the release stated.

A new date for the event hasn't been determined.