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The murders and shooting incidents in the city of Chicago has decreased compared to the previous year. The President of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Kevin Graham to respond.
Chicago’s new mayor is taking the issue up with the city police department as the city continues to see a lot more murders than New York and Los Angeles, as well as the large eruptions of the other acts of violence.
“One weekend does not a trend,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Tuesday, according to Fox 32. “But we have a few weekends where it feels like we’ve lost a lot in the streets.”
The mayor made the comments while in New York to attend the opening ceremony of the international monetary fund, Harvard, and the City Leadership Initiative, which is funded by billionaire and former New York city Mayor Michael Bloomberg “to get out to the rest of [the mayors] and with the tools and expertise to effectively lead in a complex of towns and cities.”
Chicago’s Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, on the right, and the Head of the Police force of Chicago and Eddie Johnson. (Getty)
Lightfoot’s comments came off the back of one of the bloodiest weekends so far this year, of which more than 40 people were killed, nine of them fatal.
Right before the Independence Day, about 50 people have been shot and killed. And, in spite of the deployment of an extra 1,200 officers are in the city, at least 43 people have been shot and killed over the Memorial Day weekend, seven of them fatal.
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More than 1,500 extra police officers on Chicago’s streets, parks, and more-for the 4th of July holiday typically is one of the most violent weekends of the year.
The police carried out three separate operations in June and as a result, a total of 170 arrests on gun and drug charges, and the seizure of 38 guns, and the hundreds of thousands of dollars ‘ worth of illegal drugs. The most recent effort, dubbed “Operation Independence,” and ended just before the holidays, with the arrests of 77 people, 34 of whom are convicted criminals.
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Lightfoot said she is not ready to change the police leadership, however, wants to focus on reducing the shedding of blood, saying, “It’s no secret that I was pushing [the Police Superintendent, Eddie Johnson] and his team to do better.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.