The bulk of Chicago’s 762 homicides in 2016 occurred in only five neighborhoods on the city’s South and West sides, all poor and predominantly Black areas where gangs are most active. And many people are wondering why the death-rate jumped from 2,426 in 2015 to 3,550 in 2016? Could it be that the Chicago Police Department has failed in its efforts to restore peace in the nation’s third largest city?
“Officers have become more cautious — in part out of fear of becoming the next ‘viral video’. Criminals watch TV, pay attention to the media, and they see an opportunity to commit nefarious activity.” – Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson
But why is the murder rate still rising in Chicago, even after Police recovered 8,300 illegal guns in 2016? Johnson cited several factors, including a concerted effort not to make minor drug arrests and focus only on gun violence. But many people are wondering why not focus on stopping the forces that are supplying illegal firearms to the gangs?
Let’s face the facts, the Chicago Police Department hasn’t been the same since it was forced in November 2015 to release video of the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was African-American and shot 16 times by a white police officer. The tragedy left Johnson with the task of trying to restore public trust in what appeared to be a weakened police force.
SOURCE: Daily News