The City of Chicago witnessed its deadliest day in more than 60 years last week, with officials confirming more than 18 homicides in less than 24 hours.
“While Chicago was roiled by another day of protests and looting in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, 18 people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. The lab’s data doesn’t go back further than 1961,” reports the Chicago Sun Times.
“In a city with an international reputation for crime — where 900 murders per year were common in the early 1990s — it was the most violent weekend in Chicago’s modern history, stretching police resources that were already thin because of protests and looting,” added the newspaper.
“We’ve never seen anything like it, at all,” said Max Kapustin, the senior director at the lab. “ … I don’t even know how to put it into context. It’s beyond anything that we’ve ever seen before.”
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GANGLAND CHAOS: Chicago Activists SHUT DOWN HIGHWAY to ‘Target Affluent’
Anti-gun protesters shut-down a major highway in the nation’s third-largest city Thursday, creating traffic chaos as Chicago police scrambled to contain the mass demonstrations.
According to the Associated Press, the planned march in the Windy City effectively stopped traffic along Lake Shore Drive, with demonstrators telling local news they’re “willing to be arrested” to highlight the region’s spiraling crime crisis.
Lake Shore Drive traffic shut down from Irving Park to Fullerton Ave. Ashland Ave and Western Ave can be used as alternative routes. #LakeShoreMarch
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) August 2, 2018
— Roger Schneider (@RogSchneider) August 2, 2018
“I’m hoping we have enough to…block traffic, to be a disruptive force” said one of the event’s organizers. “This is an act of civil disobedience.”
“You want to go where they chill out and relax,” he added.
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GANGLAND: 43 Shot, 5 DEAD in 'Gun Free' Chicago During Halloween Weekend
Halloween weekend turned deadly in the nation’s third largest city last weekend, with police confirming at least 43 people were shot and five killed in Chicago during the holiday festivities.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, 26 individuals were rushed to the hospital following a series of shootings on Sunday alone; leaving three people dead as the city struggled to cope with spiking levels of homicides.
“Weekend gun violence intensified Sunday, leaving three people dead and 23 others wounded in a 24 hours period,” writes the Times. “The early morning hours were especially violent—wounding 16 and killing two before the sunrise.”
Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been harshly criticized from both sides of the political aisle in recent months over his inability to crackdown on escalating gun violence throughout the city; telling reporters communities may have to police themselves.
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