Escalation of violence in Chicago: By the numbers
A look at the growing violence in Chicago and what the legislators and the police are there to say about it
The inspector of Chicago, besieged the police shifted the blame for the city’s gun violence epidemic of the police, the courts, blaming the judges and prosecutors who refuse to jail repeat offenders arrested with illegal possession of weapons.
Supt. Eddie Johnson, speaking on Monday in Chicago Police headquarters, said his department can “only do so much,” but that “it does not take a rocket scientist to figure out why recordings remain a problem in Chicago.”
“These shootings are not random,” Johnson said. “They are nourished by a gang conflict. We know who they are.
He added: “If the people does not give us the information we need, and our judicial partners are not liable, you would stop if that is what you wanted to do? You know, it’s ridiculous.”
Chicago-Police are investigating the scene where a person was shot Sunday, Aug. 19; the weekend was the second most violent this year
(Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
FOUR PEOPLE KILLED, NEARLY 60 SHOT THIS WEEKEND IN CHICAGO
Johnson said in the aftermath of Chicago, the second bloodiest weekend of the year, with 58 people shot and seven killed, according to FOX32 Chicago. The beautiful songs came despite a bet of more than 600 extra officers to the areas hardest hit by the bloodshed.
On Saturday night three people were shot and another person was beaten on a back-to-school peace picnic was held in a children’s playground. Elsewhere, two boys, aged 16 and 17, were found shot to death in a Far South days after their mothers reported them missing.
Johnson, has called for stricter punishment in the past for those convicted of firearms violations, said: “as long as we fail to make the consequences for the implementation and use of illegal weapons, or more importantly, keep repeat violent offenders responsible for their actions, we simply will continue to have these conversations on Monday morning.”
The chief’s comments come after Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel came under fire for appearing to blame a lack of morals in the predominantly black and Latino neighborhoods for the ongoing violence.
Emanuel, who is facing growing calls to resign from members of his own party, urged local people at an Aug. 7 press conference, “neighbor” and “speak up” to help law enforcement.
AMID THE GUN VIOLENCE, ALL FIVE OF THE CHICAGO PRO SPORTS TEAMS, FUNDING, THERAPY, MENTORING PROGRAM FOR AT-RISK YOUTH
“This might not be politically correct,” he said. “but I know that the power of faith and family can do…Our children need that structure…I ask…that we also don’t shy away from a full discussion about the importance of family and faith to help develop and promote character, self-respect, a value system and a moral compass that allows children to know good from evil, and between good and evil.”
Meanwhile, two officers are being investigated after a picture of them sleeping in their car during the working hours went viral.
The picture was posted on Saturday by mayoral candidate and Black Life activist Yes’Mal Green, who is to blame for the officers’ apparent exhaustion on mandatory overtime ordered my Emanuel.
But the Chicago Police department said the officers were not working overtime, and were not overworked or burned out. Police spokesman Anthony guglielmi said that they will be disciplined.
Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report
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