Massacre as Usual in Chicago

First responders load a shot victim into an ambulance on Adams Street near State Street in downtown Chicago on Saturday, May 14, 2022.


Terrence Antonio James / Associated Press

Saturday’s Buffalo shooting shocked Americans, but it was a massacre as usual in Chicago this weekend and few people outside of Windy City were noticed.

According to police, at least 33 people were shot, 5 died. Five of the victims are in the 1st police district, which includes downtown Loop and Near South Side. The city’s daily turmoil is not limited to high-crime neighborhoods but has spread to busy commercial districts. The number of shots in District 1 increased by 60% compared to last year.

Seandell Holliday, sixteen, was shot in the chest and killed in downtown Millennium Park. He is the 97th child shot and 20th killed this year. Last weekend 24 people were shot, six people died.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago’s politicians have yet to stop the violence and on Sunday she announced that unaccompanied minors will no longer be allowed into Millennium Park after 6 p.m. afternoon from Thursday to Sunday. Chicago has long had an 11pm citywide curfew for minors, but Ms. Lightfoot said on Monday that she would increase it to 10pm on weekends.

“This restriction is intended to build a culture of concern in our public spaces rather than using police force to criminalize our youth,” said mayor spokeswoman Kate LeF Phung. tell us.

If you want to get to grips with Chicago’s public order problem in a nutshell, that’s it. Ordinary police are seen as criminalizing teenagers, as opposed to driving criminals off the street. Instead, the mayor will not let unaccompanied teenagers visit city parks alone on weekend evenings. Does anyone really believe this will make a difference, assuming it’s even enforced?

Between 2020 and 2021, Chicago cut its police budget by about $63 million. The city has since restored and increased funding, but it has also reduced the size of its authorized police force by eliminating more than 600 vacancies between 2019 and 2022.

The police knew they lacked the political support to do their dangerous work and responded by resigning and retiring shortly thereafter. Chicago now has 1,343 less officers sworn in than it did in May 2020. Get ready for bloodier weekends this summer.

In Chicago last year, 797 people were murdered and 4,375 were shot, up 60% and nearly 69% from 2019. So far, the city has seen 207 homicides this year — including both Holliday and four others were killed over the weekend.

Wonder Land: How did the United States become a nation on the brink of political or personal violence? Image: AP / Zuma Press Composite: Mark Kelly

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