Chicago is a haven for violence, guns, drugs, gangs and more. While boasting some of the toughest gun laws in the country… there is still an insane amount of gun crime.
And apparently it’s the fault of the Chicago Police Department.
At least, that’s what Maxine Waters thinks.
The California State Representative took to Twitter on Tuesday to blast police and city leaders for their failure to do more to prevent black on black crime.
I’m not letting law enforcement & elected officials off the hook about the constant black on black killings in Chicago. The weapons that are being used must be banned. The police must do a better job, and the community must demand & strongly support the end to gang violence.
— Maxine Waters (@RepMaxineWaters) August 6, 2019
She said that the police need to “do a better job” in getting guns off the streets.
Let’s look at some of the work they’re doing in real numbers instead of just throwing out baseless accusations that point fingers instead of looking at real solutions.
AP News reported that from 2013 to 2016, almost 7,000 illegal guns were recovered each year in Chicago, according to the city’s Gun Trace Report. In 2017, the total was 7,932, according to the Chicago police. As of Dec. 6, the total for 2018 was 8,309, and police say that could surpass 10,000 by year’s end.
That being said, as of July 28, the Chicago Tribune published that 1,517 people had been shot in Chicago so far this year.
Add up the recent numbers from the past weekend and the numbers continue to climb.
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So how is it that instead of pointing the finger at criminals, we’re instead blaming the people working tirelessly to put a dent in the violence?
And so often their efforts are squandered by prosecutors and judges pushing for lighter sentences, putting dangerous criminals back on the streets.
On Monday Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi tweeted an audio clip that emphasized the severity of the city’s situation.
It’s chilling… and it shows the battle lines that police are stepping into every single time they start their shift.
Below is the sound that Chicago needs to change its ways on how we handle gun offenders. Audio from the tragic shooting at 18th & Kildare yesterday shows that criminals have no deterrent to carrying illegal guns in our city and this is what residents and police are up against. pic.twitter.com/VwixZwR0Vb
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) August 5, 2019
Kevin Graham, President of the Fraternal Order of Police in Chicago, has long said that a major part of the issue battling the staggering crime rates is that the department was setup to fail by its elected leaders.
Kevin Graham on Chicago violence: “It didn’t start yesterday. It started started years ago when they decided to under-fund and under-man the police department. We are still almost 1,000 policemen short of where we need to be.” @IngrahamAngle pic.twitter.com/9SDVqXIZ8r
— Fox News (@FoxNews) September 8, 2018
The race-baiting tactics need to stop. We need to give police in Chicago (and everywhere) the ability to actually enforce the laws that elected leaders have put into place.
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We need state’s attorneys and judges to honestly evaluate their decisions on prosecutions and prison sentences.
We need to address the real situations in these cities — the fact that because cops aren’t allowed to do their jobs without being called racists, people are no longer afraid of the police.
Let’s give them the tools they need to properly fight the war that is going on right here on U.S. soil.