Just because many have become numb to headlines about the continued violence in American cities doesn’t mean the situation is any less dire now. Nowhere is that more evident than in Chicago.
In the first 12 days of June, 32 people have been killed in Chicago, according to the Chicago Sun-Times homicide tracker. At least 21 of them were black. Three people were killed on Friday night, when a total of 32 people were shot across the city. Another eight people were injured in shootings on Saturday night, with two in critical condition.
The worst part of it all? Forty people being shot over the weekend would be considered progress, as 60 people were shot throughout the city in the weekend before this one.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is still focused on complaining about media outlets not having racial quotas. Evidently, she has become numb to the violence too. But Chicago has now seen nearly 800 people killed in the last 365 days. Somehow, after seeing a 50% increase in homicides last year, the city is seeing an even higher rate of homicide so far in 2021.
“What about the people killed in Chicago?” has been treated as merely the latest meme by some, but it remains a legitimate issue that many who proudly declare that “Black Lives Matter” won’t address while trying to pretend that police shootings are more common than they actually are. The city that was constantly mentioned in national politics for its number of homicides has somehow become more violent in the last two years, and city leaders don’t know how to handle it.
But, in a way, they do. After all, Memorial Day weekend in Chicago this year saw 32 people shot and four killed, a drastic improvement from 2020, when 114 people were shot and 33 were killed. The Chicago Police Department canceled days off and announced officers would work 12-hour shifts to combat a possible rise in violence. Officers and resources were sent into 15 areas responsible for half of the city’s crime.
Cutting hours and overworking officers isn’t a permanent solution, obviously. But ensuring that a police department is adequately funded and staffed is. Chicago, like many other Democratic-run cities where cops have become scapegoats for liberal activists, has seen a surge in the number of police officers retiring and is still facing activist calls to defund the city’s police department.
This problem isn't going to go away, no matter how numb to the carnage anyone gets. And Lightfoot certainly isn't going to help solve it if she's still worried about the skin color of the journalists who want to ask her questions. Chicago needs city leaders who actually want to stop seeing headlines about how many people were shot and killed in a given weekend. It's up to its residents to find those leaders.
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Original Author: Zachary Faria
Original Location: Chicago's homicide problem isn't going away