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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Chicago Violence Ramping Back Up

It was another deadly weekend in Chicago filled with gangs, drugs and guns. The violence was the worst in the Windy City since the 4th of July weekend, with 63 people shot and eight killed.

It’s important to note that this isn’t random violence with bullets spraying indiscriminately all across the city. Instead, it’s concentrated in districts favored by criminals and gang members. The Chicago Tribune reports that Calumet on the South and Austin on the west combined for 23 of the shootings. In Austin, everyone who was shot was a known gang member. Many involved in the shootings were trafficking marijuana and have lengthy arrest histories—a fact that frustrates police.

Chicago Police Department Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi voiced that frustration to the Tribune: “We can't arrest our way out of this when the criminal justice system in Chicago is not a deterrent." Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has long been a vocal proponent for tougher sentencing. Unfortunately, until Chicago moves to end its revolving door of justice, criminals will be on the streets ratcheting up the city’s death toll.