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Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago

Posted on | May 24, 2018 | 2 Comments

 

If you want to get shot to death, Chicago is the place to be. So far this year, 157 people have been shot to death in Chicago, and another 810 people were wounded. Violence escalates during the summer, and Memorial Day weekend has been a bloodbath in recent years. In 2016, there were 69 shootings during the three-day weekend:

In all, 27 of the 69 people hit by gunfire over the weekend were shot in or near the Harrison District, one of the city’s most violent and one of the most heavily patrolled by police.
So many people were shot there that Deputy Superintendent John Escalante promised Sunday to beef up patrols. Nine more people were shot there by early Tuesday.

About half of the deadly violence in Chicago occurs in three West Side police districts: Harrison, Austin and Ogden:

The Chicago Police Department plans to deploy more than 1,000 extra officers to contain violence over the weekend and, as in years past, hundreds of them will be sent to the West Side. . . .
The West Side has long been plagued by violence fed by feuding gangs and an infamous open-air drug market. But residents in communities like North Lawndale also point to high unemployment among young people, lack of education and turf battles that started with their fathers or grandfathers.
A recent report from the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago found that the percentage of black men ages 20-24 who weren’t working or in school had dropped between 2014 and 2016. But the overall percentage remained high at 37 percent.

Unemployment and “lack of education”? Are there no jobs for young people in Chicago? Are there no public schools? The city is controlled by the Democrat Party. Obama’s former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is the city’s mayor. In the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton got 74% of the vote in Cook County, and a much higher percentage in the West Side neighborhoods where violent crime is a way of life (and death). Trusting Democrats to find a solution to Chicago’s problems might not be a good idea, considering the likelihood that Democrats (and the liberal policies they enact) are a fundamental cause of these problems.

 

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