CHICAGO, IL – A slow motion massacre is playing out on the streets of Democrat run Chicago.
A violent first weekend in October pushed Chicago over a grim mile marker for the first time in five years.
The Chicago Sun Times reports that Chicago Police say the city has now seen more than 600 murders in 2020. That’s a major spike from this time in 2019.
The news outlet said the tipping point came last weekend when 53 people were shot and 5 killed in a wave of city-wide violence.
It’s a reported spike from the weekend immediately prior, which brought bad weather and fewer shootings. However, it was not any less deadly. That weekend 5 other people died during outbreaks of gun violence and another 35 were wounded.
The Chicago Police Department regularly posts crime statistics on its website. The latest report dates up until October 11 and puts Chicago at 611 murders to date.
It also shows that that number doubled in the first week of October from the previous week, with 15 murders.
At this point in 2019 there were 403 homicides on record.
The Chicago Tribune reported that the most murderous time of year in the Windy City is the summer months.
Killings generally peak in June, July and August, with the weather playing a large factor in gun violence. Warm, weekend evenings prove particularly dangerous.
This July, even more deadly than usual. Local news outlet Block Club Chicago reports that this July was the single deadliest month the city has experienced in more than 25 years.
Statistics from Chicago Police back that up.
In July 2020, the city saw 105 murders. Last year, the month had 44 killings.
The same is reflected in shootings. In July, 584 people survived gunshot wounds. In July 2019, there were 308 shooting victims across the city.
Block Club reported that some of the victims this past July include 15 people shot outside a funeral home in the Gresham neighborhood, a baby hit by a stray bullet while riding in a car on the south side, a 3-year-old girl seriously wounded in South Shore and a 5-month-old shot and wounded in Old Town.
While Chicagoans face an epidemic of gun violence, Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears to be silent on the latest statistics. Instead, she has most recently used social media platforms to encourage voting, cooperation with the census and re-tweeted a picture of herself with a penguin.
Waddle you be doing on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays? I suggest a visit to the @shedd_aquarium! Illinois residents get in for FREE all month on these days. https://t.co/UlVkhT11BW pic.twitter.com/w5LB6UOeme
— Chicago (@chicago) October 12, 2020
Meanwhile, police are doing what they can to drive down crime. The Chicago Police account posting just days ago:
“It’s a beautiful Fall day in Chicago. Whether you’re out for a jog, a bike ride with the family, or a simple stroll with the kids, know that the men and women of CPD are out here as well, patrolling each and every neighborhood of this marvelous City we all come home.”
It’s a beautiful Fall day in Chicago.
Whether you’re out for a jog, a bike ride with the family, or a simple stroll with the kids, know that the men and women of CPD are out here as well, patrolling each and every neighborhood of this marvelous City we all call home.#CPDMediaCar pic.twitter.com/c9gjo0epIy
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) October 11, 2020
It appears that the hard push by police to be present in all neighborhoods is working to drive down other kinds of crime.
CPD numbers show that, overall, crime in the city is trending downward with cases of sexual assault, burglary and theft all decreasing from this time in 2019.
While those crimes stall, local news station ABC 7 reported that the FBI is coming in to help try to do the same to the murder rate.
It reported that many major cities are seeing a similar spike in shootings and homicides in the months that follow COVID-19 related lockdowns and the racial unrest that prompted riots almost simultaneously.
The FBI is reportedly working with Chicago law enforcement as part of the Trump Administration’s “Operation Legend.” The feds’ data shows that city is outpacing other cities in bloodshed this year by 14.8%.
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Read more from Law Enforcement Today about the mayor of Chicago’s plan to curb the violence:
Mayor says she has a plan to make “Chicago the safest city in America”. Our laughs are drowned out by city gunfire.
October 2, 2020
CHICAGO, IL – In 2004, there were 500 homicides in Chicago, the city’s lowest count in four decades.
By 2016, the downward trend had clearly spiked in the opposite direction, with 760 homicides. Chicago’s homicide rate that year was higher than the rates in Los Angeles (294) and New York City (334) combined.
The homicide rate started to decline again, with 570 murders in 2018.
Between then and now, just two years difference, two unforeseen conditions arose:
The COVID-19 outbreak swept across the country. COVID not only ravaged many of its victims, but it also wreaked havoc on the national economy, state economies, and local economies and heal the myriad other public resources.
May 25, George Floyd, a black man who had tried to pass counterfeit money, was arrested in Minneapolis. There, while in custody, Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on Floyd’s neck as he lay on the ground. Floyd’s death sparked outrage, protests, riots, and demonstrations across the country.
In Chicago, at least partly because of the riots and unrest, vandalism, and looting there, the homicide rate stands at 571 so far since January 2020. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot last week unveiled a new violence reduction and prevention plan aimed at addressing gun violence and underlying factors that contribute to violence and other conditions.
The plan, “Our City, Our Safety” was two years in the making and takes the perspective that gun violence is a public health issue. As such, reducing violence will require efforts to address mental health issues, socio-economic problems, homelessness, joblessness, gang violence, and more services for victims of violence.
According to a September 29 report from WBEZ, the mayor’s plan includes improving “…beautifying vacant land and finding jobs for the most likely to be shot or to shoot in the city’s poorest neighborhoods.”
The initiative has some similarities with the Chicago Police Department’s Violence Reduction Strategy, which also aims to reduce the effects of violent crime. Both plans include identifying, or targeting, those areas in the city in which violence occurs most frequently and is most likely to occur.
Also, several agencies, organizations, and coalitions already function to reduce crime, increase access to jobs and increase jobs, and provide other social, health, and legal resources and programs.
For either plan or any plan, funding is the primary concern because each plan depends on partnerships among various agencies. COVID-19 and the recent unrest, riots, vandalism, and looting have drastically drained city budgets.
There aren’t many days until the 2020 elections; there are just short of three months remaining in the year. Neither COVID nor protests seem to be waning.
Despite Mayor Lightfoot’s stated desire to “make Chicago the safest city in America,” it is beyond unlikely that will happen within her first term as mayor.
What is likely is that existing programs and agencies, organizations, and outreaches will continue as they have been. The Chicago PD and related law enforcement agencies will continue as they have been; that means they will be stretched to their absolute limits.
There are no indications that violence, vandalism, looting, and anarchy will cease.
There is no indication that there will be windfalls of funding over what all the existing agencies have budgeted to get them through December.
And there is no indication that initiating a new initiative will make a dent in either Chicago’s gun violence or COVID-19.
As violence continues, the already-backbreaking burden of keeping the peace continues to be borne by law enforcement.
Chicago: At least 30 shot, three killed over weekend – bringing fatality total to 576 for the year.