Rahm Emanuel blames Chicago violence on 'shortage of values'

07 August, 2018, 19:33 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • 11 dead nearly 70 wounded in weekend violence in Chicago

"Certainly CPD [Chicago Police Department] can do better but at the end of the day, the members of CPD don't go to bed with these individuals at night, they don't wake up with them in the morning", Mr Johnson said. "They do. They know that", the police superintendent said. The youngest victim was only 11-years-old while the eldest was 62.

McCarthy was responding to earlier tweets by Giuliani in which he blamed a wave of deadly shootings in Chicago over the weekend on what he called decades of "one party Democratic rule".

The 55-year-old woman suffered a gunshot wound to her leg and was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where her condition had stabilized, police said.

"Since 2011, he's failed", Caldwell said of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Experts say crime tends to pick up during the hot summer months, but Emanuel dismissed that. "You can talk about jobs, and they count, but in parts of the city where there aren't jobs, people did not pull the trigger". "There are too many guns on the street, too many people with criminal records on the street, and there is a shortage of values about what is right and what is wrong", he added.

He said decisions by Chicago Democrats have resulted in people getting out of jail more easily.

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Nevertheless, Chicago's official murder count, at 310 killings before the weekend, was the highest in the country and far eclipsed those of America's two largest cities - NY and Los Angeles. In a 7-hour period alone, at least 41 people were shot. "Therefore, all of us who love this city and call it home have a responsibility to heal our neighborhoods". "Incidents of either random or targeted shooting on our streets is totally unacceptable", Chief Fred Waller said in a Sunday press conference.

Before the particularly violent Sunday, there were six shootings, none fatal, on Friday, and 15 shootings, one fatal, on Saturday.

Police on Monday attributed the dozens of shootings to gangs, the illegal flow of guns and sweltering August heat that drew more people outside.

Before the weekend, the city's homicides were down 23 percent compared to the same point previous year and shootings were down 19 percent.

Another three men were shot by a masked shooter about 2:25 a.m.in the 4300 block of South Wentworth Avenue in the Fuller Park neighborhood, police said.

Johnson said that both murders and shootings are down on the year, but said this weekend showed there was still a lot to do. "As long as we continue not to hold repeat gun offenders accountable for their actions we are just going to continue having these conversations on Monday mornings", he said. I can't tell you how many people come up to us talking about their kids and what we can do.



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