The lone suspect behind a shooting that injured a 5-month-old infant in Chicago was reportedly on probation for the “illegal possession of a firearm.”
“A Chicago man who police said fired a bullet that struck an infant last week was on probation and in possession of an illegal firearm,” reports the Washington Examiner. “A 5-month-old baby, who was lying inside a stroller about 100 yards away when the gunfire broke out, was also hit in his right eye, prosecutors said.”
“Prosecutors told CWB Chicago Davis is on two years of probation for illegal possession of a firearm and had been arrested on that case in June 2019,” adds the website. “All three of the victims, including the infant, are expected to recover from their injuries. Davis has been charged with two felony counts: one for aggravated battery by discharge of a firearm and another for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.”
Local leaders in Chicago are asking for help from the Federal Government after another deadly weekend claimed the lives of 10 residents; saying the Mayor is “unable or unwilling to maintain law and order.”
“People are too afraid right now to ask the president for help because if it does work, they’re going to make the president look like a success. And it’s a political move,” said Alderman Anthony Napolitano.
“We are dealing with crime at biblical proportions right now in Chicago,” he added.
“We’re putting our men and women, our police officers out there, there is a justice movement going on right now where we had a statue in Grant Park — they tried to tear it down. We had 30 officers protecting against about 1,000 protesters. It looked like a scene out of 300,” Napolitano said. “We need help.”
“Mayor Lightfoot has proved to be a complete failure who is either unwilling or unable to maintain law and order here,” added the President of Chicago’s Fraternal Order of Police.
“I would be willing to sit down anytime and discuss ideas about how we can bring civility back to the streets of Chicago,” the letter states. “These politicians are failing the good men and women of this city and the police department.”
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.
CHICAGO SPIRALS: At Least 70 People Shot, 10 Dead Including 4 Children Over Father’s Day Weekend
Gun violence in the nation’s third largest city continued to spiral out of control over the weekend, with at least 70 people shot and 10 dead -including four children- in less than 72 hours.
“Ten people were killed, including four children, and at least 60 others wounded in shootings across Chicago over the weekend, police said.
The youngest of those killed this weekend was 3-year-old Mekhi James. The little boy had just gotten haircut with his stepdad in the 600-block of North Central Avenue at about 6:25 p.m. Saturday when police said a vehicle pulled up next to them in traffic on the West Side and someone started shooting from inside,” reports ABC Chicago.
“These kids are not criminals,” said Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan. “They are not gang members. They have nothing to do with the ongoing disputes out there and they just get gunned down for no reason at all.”
“These individuals that are discharging these weapons don’t have a clue what they are sending these families through,” said community activist Andrew Holmes.
Read the full report at ABC Chicago.
CHICAGO SPIRALS: Mayor Blames Historic Spike in Murders, Shootings on ‘Coronavirus’
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot defended her administration’s response to the escalating gun violence crisis sweeping her city over the weekend; blaming the murders on the Coronavirus pandemic.
“All these forces are coming together at the same time and making it very difficult… They too have really been hit hard by CoVID and are now just coming back online and getting their footing,” said Lightfoot.
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 6, 2020
The grieving father of an 8-year-old girl murdered in Atlanta issued a heartbreaking plea over the weekend; saying “black lives matter? You killed your own.”
“They say Black Lives Matter. You killed your own… You killed a child,” said the dad. “She didn’t do nothing to nobody.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms weighed-in Sunday on the tragic murder of an 8-year-old girl near a ‘Black Lives Matter’ protest site; telling demonstrators “you can’t blame this on a police officer.”
“We’ve talked a lot about what we are demanding from our officers in our communities,” Bottoms said. “We’ve protested, we’ve demonstrated, we’ve been angry, we’ve cried, we’ve demanded action. Well now we’re demanding action for Secoriea Turner and for all the other people who were shot in Atlanta last night and over the past few weeks, because the reality is this: These aren’t police officers shooting people on the streets of Atlanta, these are members of the community shooting each other, and in this case, it is the worst possible outcome.”
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms:
“We are shooting eachother up on our streets..” pic.twitter.com/Q6Atkm49ES
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 6, 2020
“You can’t blame this on a police officer, you can’t say this is about criminal justice reform,” said Bottoms. “This is about some people carrying some weapons who shot up a car with an 8-year-old baby in the car. We got to stop this. We are doing more harm than any police officer on this force.”