The City of Chicago continued its struggle with rampant crime and an escalating gang crisis in recent days, with more than 50 people shot and 10 killed during the most violence weekend of 2019.
“At least 50 people were shot across Chicago over the weekend, the most violent of the year with a toll even higher than during the long Memorial Day holiday just a week earlier,” reports the Chicago Tribune.
“More than half the victims were wounded during a 12-hour burst of gunfire from Friday evening to Saturday morning. At least four of the 31 people shot during that time died after attacks on the West and South sides. By the time the weekend ended, at least 10 people were dead, according to the Chicago Police Department,” adds the newspaper.
“Those efforts have resulted in 19 arrests on gun-related charges and 81 illegal weapons seized since Friday evening,” said a Police Department spokesperson on their efforts to crackdown on crime. “Several people of interest are also being questioned in relation to some of our incidents and detectives have good video leads in others.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 3, 2019
Last month, “hundreds” of teens “took over” downtown Chicago; running through the streets and openly disobeying law enforcement hoping to retake control of the situation.
“Chicago police were dealing with hundreds of teens running through downtown Chicago Wednesday night, yelling, stopping traffic and running in the streets,” reports CBS Chicago.
“A huge police presence did not deter the rowdy behavior at Millennium Park,” adds the author. “The crowd then moved to State and Lake, where Chicago police were preparing to hold a press conference about the chaos. Police said they told most of the teens to go home, and directed them towards public transportation.”
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.
Read the full story at the AP.
GANGLAND: At Least 174 KIDS KILLED in Chicago Since 2011, 1,665 Shot
Stunning data published by the Chicago Tribune is shedding new light on the escalating gun violence sweeping the Windy City; revealing at least 174 people under the age of 17 have been killed since 2011 and at least 1,665 shot.
“As Chicago’s crime rates live up to their national notoriety, a closer look at the problem reveals an alarming number of minors are being shot or killed in the crossfire. Grieving families and fractured communities often feel like they’ve been forgotten by authorities when investigations dry up and no one is held accountable for the violence. Hurt siblings, relatives and friends, unable to cope, sometimes turn toward crime themselves as the cycle continues,” writes Fox News.
The statistics may be even worse than reported, with the Tribune noting that over 7% of shooting data “does not include age,” meaning the death toll may be higher than reported .
“We can’t survive another year of mayhem,” Rep. Danny K. Davis, D-Ill., told Fox News. “The stress and strain of it is so great. Everyone seems to be on different pages and there are constant crosses and difficult situations to bear.”
Read the full report at Fox News.