Gunshots ring out in Chicago
A torn and tattered city
Chicago has outpaced last years numbers so far. From 1/1/2016 Chicago has had as of today a total of 1,898 shooting, in all of 2015 Chicago had 2,988 shootings according to the Chicago Tribune.
This year, we already crossed the halfway point.
Yesterday The Chicago Tribune reported that this past weekend’s shootings left at least 50 wounded and 8 dead.
Father’s Day left 12 dead with a grand total of 54 shootings
Memorial day weekend 69 shootings, 8 dead
Mother’s Day yielded 49 shootings, with a reported 9 dead
Easter, 37 shootings in Chicago
2016 started with a bang for Chicago, it is widely reported that more than 100 people were shot within the first 10 days of the year.
Some media outlets have reported that the police are overwhelmed and outnumbered, in fact, Vice ran a headline yesterday that read “With killing on the rise in Chicago, police are putting their hands up.”
The department has been having a rough go of it and the increase in shootings is not making it any better. The question is how do the Chicago police take back the city and stop the violence without becoming a militant presence in the community?
Not a popular idea however the increase in violence in Chicago has shown no outward signs of slowing and I believe that we can all agree that something needs to be done in an effort to slow it.
What will this weekend bring to such a tattered and torn city?
Cristal M Clark
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