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CHICAGO, IL – Criminal behaviors seem to be seeping into the youth of today more and more. In Chicago, police arrested three individuals connected to an armed robbery, two of which were aged 12 and 13-years-old.

Surprisingly, the juveniles are the only ones charged with felonies in the case.

Officers from the CPD arrested a three male suspects on April 13th after a 53-year-old man stated that he was robbed while on the Clark-Division Red Line platform. The suspects, aged 12, 13, and 19 years old, are accused of attacking the victim while displaying what looked like a knife when depriving him of his wallet.

Minutes after the incident transpired, officers had caught up with the alleged offenders at the North-Clybourn station. Of the three arrested, one of the subjects was carrying a pair of scissors.

Prosecutors have charged the juveniles in the case with felony armed robbery with a dangerous weapon, while the 19-year-old was charged with misdemeanor battery.

Once again, it sounds like Chicago is just being Chicago.

Despite an ongoing pandemic and a stay-at-home order, Chicago is still seeing surges in gun violence in the city. From the way Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck describes things, there are “two pandemics that face Chicago — and only one of them is virus-induced.”

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Supt. Beck addressed the press on April 8th to decry the violence erupting while the city is trying to get a handle on the COVID-19 situation.

The concern, aside from the violence itself, is that ICU’s will continue to get inundated with victims of gun violence and leave no room for needed bed space during the pandemic.

To demonstrate the gravity of Chicago’s gun violence “pandemic,” as Supt. Beck described it, in a 24-hour period that started on April 6th, seven people were killed by gunfire and another 21 were wounded. Among the causalities was a 5-year-old girl.

Rodney Phillips, who works as a violence prevention outreach worker in Chicago, recently spoke with TIME magazine about how bad things are in Chicago:

“It’s like a double whammy. We are catching it double. We have the virus and the violence to worry about.”

Mayor Lightfoot noted that the violence sweeping through the city is “never acceptable”:

“Never, ever. … Shooting into crowds without any regard for the consequences is the most heinous form of cowardice.”

The mayor went into the harsh reality that if people continue to shoot each other, more innocent victims will be impacted due to the effect the violence will have on hospital resources:

“Every day we are measuring our precious health care resources. The number of beds we have in hospitals, ICU capacity. To be blunt, if our ICUs are filled with gunshot victims, our ability to respond to this … crisis will necessarily be compromised.”

As a result of the rising homicides in the city, the CPD have been directed to “spare no expense or resource to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

The culture against “snitching” that has permeated today’s world, whether motivated by fears of repercussion or a sense of pride for not ratting people out, is one that the Mayor wants to cease:

“We cannot allow this to happen. People know who the shooters are. You know who you are. These cowards cannot be given any shelter.”

Supt. Beck explained that in these times, hospital resources are precious, pleading with the unknown perpetrators to put an end to the violence:

“Every one of those ER beds taken up by a gunshot victim could be somebody’s grandmother, somebody with pre-existing conditions, somebody that is in danger of losing their life because of the pandemic.”

It’s a sad state of affairs when officials have been reduced to groveling to the criminal element to stop committing violent crime. This proves that even a stay-at-home order is immaterial to someone intent on committing crime.

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