Violent, deadly 12 hours in Chicago raises concerns about rest of the weekend

CHICAGO — Headed into the weekend the Chicago police have already handled a violent twelve hours from Thursday evening into Friday morning.

The Chicago Police Department and the Officer of Emergency Management will maintain a information convention at 6 p.m. Friday to deal with the concerns.

From 8:30 p.m. Thursday to eight:30 a.m. Friday, Chicago recorded at the very least 14 shootings, with 4 fatalities. Another man was killed by blunt drive trauma to the head.  

The shootings and killings occurred in completely different components of the metropolis, from Near North to the South Loop and even alongside DuSable Lake Shore Drive.  One sufferer was simply 16 years outdated.  

Activists like Tio Hardiman are calling is Chicago’s new regular.

“Unfortunately, here in Chicago, gun violence has become normal,” he stated.

More and extra acquainted, however no much less disturbing.

Activist and disaster responder Andrew Holmes agrees.

(*12*) he stated.

Chicago’s Deputy Mayor of Public Safety John O’Malley addressed the violent evening on the WGN Morning News.   

 “Chicago police department is out there daily trying to combat this violence day in and day out,” he stated. “We continue to battle everyday here in Chicago.”   

Hardiman stated his group is working to assist resolve gang disputes earlier than they escalate.   

“Mediate all the conflicts that the guys are struggling with,” he stated. “We have to work harder on the front end, see what violence interrupters do. We mediate conflicts before any shots are fired.”

City knowledge reveals there have been greater than 570 homicides this year and near 2600 shootings in Chicago to date this year.   

This week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a former federal prosecutor, launched an ordinance that may let metropolis legal professionals sue gang leaders in court docket – to gather money, weapons, and different property.  

 “To be very blunt and clear we are going after their blood money,” Lightfoot stated. “Money they have profited from the killing of innocents.”

 “The majority of gang members in Chicago, they don’t have nothing,” Hardiman stated. “That’s why they’re out there robbing and shooting people. So if you file a lawsuit against a gang member, what are you going to get out of that.”

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Instead, Hardiman is looking for a holistic strategy that features crime prevention, schooling, financial funding, and battle mediation.  

Holmes stated an enormous half of the answer begins at dwelling.  

 “I don’t care how old your teenagers are, how old your grown adults are,  we have to teach them to love more rather than to hate with that gun,” he stated. “Because that gun eventually may cost them their life.”

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