Saying he was "sick and tired" of the violence plaguing the city, Chicago's top cop announced Friday that thousands more law enforcement officers would hit the streets, lakefront and major tourist attractions, including Navy Pier, this Fourth of July weekend.Of course, I don't think the major tourist attractions are really where the shootings are being concentrated. Crime is really about the banality of diversity. It's just poor black people shooting other poor black people and no one in a position to do anything about is too curious about looking into the reasons why.
Within the past 24 hours, three people had died and 21 more were wounded in violence across the city: this on the eve of the July Fourth weekend, typically one of the most violent holiday weekends of the year.
[Chicago's top cop 'sick and tired' of violence; more officers hit streets, by Leonor Vivanco, Chicago Tribune, July 1, 2016]
What's really happening in "Chiraq" is social breakdown. Even though we've been hearing about rising crime in Chicago for years now, it's just getting worse.
New statistics out Friday show there is an average of 10 shootings in Chicago a day.Of course, all this comes at a time when the Chicago Police Department is under siege for "racism" Not surprisingly, morale is poor and according to some officers, the main priority is to avoid becoming "the next viral video" and target of a Main Stream Media hate campaign.
There were 355 shootings and 429 shooting victims in June.
There were also 72 murders last month, up from 46 in June of 2015.
At the halfway point for the year, homicides citywide have jumped 49 percent, hitting levels unseen since the late 1990s.
Through June 19, Chicago had more homicide than New York City or Los Angeles combined.
[Chicago averages 10 shootings a day, June crime stats show, WGN, July 1, 2016]
The spike in violent crime comes at a time when the police in Chicago are under increased scrutiny for misconduct...This is going to get worse before it gets better. If this weekend in Chicago is especially bloody, expect the blame to be directed against European-American gun owners who supported Donald Trump.
Interim police Superintendent John Escalante acknowledges there might have been a "Laquan McDonald effect," where police officers are less aggressive and even somewhat passive in pursuing criminals.
"There's a little bit of an effect," says Escalante. "Every officer I think, not just here in Chicago, but every police officer around the country does not want to be that next viral video."
Police in Chicago made 30 percent fewer arrests in the early part of this year compared to last year. Street stops are down more than 80 percent so far this year.
[Chicago Crime Spikes As Police Avoid Becoming 'The Next Viral Video, by David Schaper, NPR, March 11, 2016]