Chicago is about to have one of the bloodiest years recorded in decades.
According to Chicago law enforcement, there have been 402 murders in the city so far this year. That number doesn’t include killings on area expressways, police-involved shootings, self-defense killings or death investigations.
Last month alone, there were 74 murders, 321 shootings, and 410 shooting victims, police stated Tuesday.
The Illinois State Police reported that more than 25 shootings have taken place on Chicago expressways in 2017, so far.
Despite the high number of fatalities, police said the number of shootings in the city has dropped by 13 percent compared to this time last year. Police have removed more than 5,000 guns off the streets this year.
Officials say it’s the lethality of the shootings that are causing the numbers to rise, which is something they can’t control.
The month of July also recorded one of the city’s most violent Fourth of July holidays, with more than 100 people shot over the four-day weekend. That number is compared to 66 people shot over the same holiday in 2016, though that year the weekend was only three days long.
In an effort to combat the city’s crime, the police department recently received a high-tech ballistics van from the ATF which can analyze evidence on the spot at crime scenes. The van is the only one of its kind in the country at the moment.
In addition, the department was sent 20 permanent ATF agents, along with federal prosecutors, with the purpose of prioritizing prosecutions to reduce gun violence and working with law enforcement to stop the lawlessness.
Last year, the month of August became the deadliest month in two decades with 90 murders in 31 days. By the end of the month, the city had recorded just over 470 homicides for the year.
President Trump addressed the epidemic in a tweet last month, writing: “Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!”
Crime and killings in Chicago have reached such epidemic proportions that I am sending in Federal help. 1714 shootings in Chicago this year!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2017
He also tweeted earlier this year in January about sending in the “feds” to clean up the city: “If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!”
If Chicago doesn’t fix the horrible “carnage” going on, 228 shootings in 2017 with 42 killings (up 24% from 2016), I will send in the Feds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 25, 2017
In May, nearly 400 people were shot. More than 50 people were shot and 8 killed on Mother’s Day weekend, and Memorial Day weekend saw 6 people killed and 63 wounded.
DML also once addressed the issue of Chicago in an email reply to a Trump supporter:
From Marilyn G.—
Of course President Trump knows what is going on in Chicago? That was just an expression while tweeting. Remember Mayor Emanuel denied crime problems in Chicago calling it safe there? Why aren’t you attacking Mayor Emanuel in Chicago to what is going on?
DML: Obviously, you are referring to Trump’s tweet that asked, “What’s going on in Chicago?” and my “controversial” Walk & Talk from Friday in which I voiced my concerns about President Trump being stuck on the “fake news” message. First, let’s address Chicago.
I said yesterday, and I repeat today, I would have liked to seen the president open CPAC with a moment of silence for the 7 people killed on Wed. in Chicago.
Next, his tweet did ask the question, “What’s going on in Chicago?” You say it’s a rhetorical question. I say, don’t ask questions of any kind. Provide solutions, and fast, because the situation is getting out of control. Furthermore, the Chicago PD claims they’ve asked President Trump for help but that the requests go unanswered. I’ll take that with a grain of salt until I hear the president’s response, but, even so, the statement by the CPD supports my position, I think.
As for the rest of my W&T, let me repeat what I said yesterday. “His opening remarks at CPAC — 20 minutes worth — addressed “fake news,” his polls from six months ago, how unfair the news is to him, and so on, and so on. It’s getting old.”
We get it. It’s called biased news reporting, and the liberal media has done it to every GOP president during my lifetime.
I would prefer to see the president ignore the leftist media and stick to things which are more important. I’d like to see him use his time on stage to focus on bringing the country together. I am concerned he is pushing people further away.
To make America great again, it will take Trump and his team 8 years, maybe more. Thus, my concern is valid. Fact is, Obama received fewer votes in 2012 than in 2008. Therefore, Trump must get some of the naysayers to move over to his camp within the next three years or he will be a one-term president. I’m willing to buy the farm I am correct. Spending 20-minutes on “fake news” and then barring news outlets from the White House on Friday may sit okay with you, but to the majority of Americans, it’s a turn-off.
That said, with all due respect to you, unfortunately, Marilyn, you heard only what you wanted to hear yesterday. I support the president’s policies and I love his calling card for making America great again. Contrary to your statement, I did call out the mayor of Chicago and his cronies. I said they were corrupt, and I said they are too willing to look the other way regarding the killings and drugs. I also said the problems in Chicago have been going on for a long time.
I conclude on this…, for every one email like yours, I received ten stating they agreed with my Walk & Talk from Friday. People want to see the president succeed, our concerns are valid and enduring — they are not a form of bashing.
Watch the video below to see Supt. Eddie Johnson address Chicago’s crime as the city enters the month of August:
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