At least 14 dead and a total of 101 people shot during the long Fourth of July weekend in Chicago.
Mass Shootings And Murders
Policeman spokesman Frank Giancamilli provided data on Wednesday that showed reports 71 shooting incidents and 14 murders between Friday and early Wednesday. However, the Chicago Tribune tallied up a total of 101 shootings. The police couldn’t confirm right away.
Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent, Kevin Navarro, explained at a press conference that the main offenders were gang related violence.
The Chicago police departments had issued over 1,300 additional officers to patrol the neighborhoods during the long weekend. In hopes of decreasing the potential violence, they made substantial arrests before the holiday including 58 drug and gun charges.
The shootings were higher than statistics in 2013, which was the last time fourth of July coincided with a long weekend. 74 people were shot.
However, although the holiday weekend pushed the number of shooting incidents over 1,800 this year, it’s still lets than the same time last year, when violence has unexpectedly spiked and pushed the number of shootings to 2,035.
This all happened just a week after President Trump announced that Chicago’s crime rate had reached “epidemic proportions” and that he’d be “sending in Federal help.”
After the announcement, Jeff Sessions, Attorney General, clarified that the help Trump meant would come in the form of a Chicago Crime Gun Strike Force. This would entail a collaboration between both the Chicago Police and the Department of Justice’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, aka. ATF.
A federal investigation into the Chicago police force showed that many officers violated civil rights, using excessive force and being racially discriminatory. The City has been trying to reform the Police force since.
On an interview on Wednesday, Reverend Michael Pfleger, an activist who leads one of the largest African-American Catholic Churches in Chicago, said that more needs to be done to address the root causes behind the violence, which include factors such as unemployment, poverty, foreclosures and general neighborhood blight.
“And people ask why I am flying the American flag upside down,” he wrote on Facebook. “We are safer in Iraq.”