Chicago Murders Soar by 60% in First Quarter
Chicago – isn’t that the city where that famous race-baiter, extortionist and deadbeat dad Jesse Jackson lives? Why aren’t he and his buddy – Al Sharpton – and the New Black Panther Party demonstrating in the streets and focusing national attention on this problem? The majority of these murder victims are minorities. Surely there is a reason to protest.
120 people were murdered in chicago between January 1 and March 31. That’s a lot more people than Trayvon Martin, isn’t it?
Why should they? There’s nothing in it for them. No beer distributorships … no increased television ratings. Besides, Chicago is the home of Barack and Michelle Obama and Obama’s former chief of staff is mayor. And, since most of the murder victims in Chicago are blacks who have been murdered by other blacks … well, you know.
Homicides in Chicago soared by 60 percent in the first three months of 2012, continuing a troublesome trend that began late last year. Nonfatal shootings also rose sharply in the first quarter, Police Department statistics show.
The worsening violence comes as the Emanuel administration touts its efforts to combat gang crime and add officers and resources to some of the city’s most dangerous neighborhoods.
Chicago police blame street gangs for much of the violence. Another contributing factor for the rise in homicides was the unseasonably warm weather this past winter, according to criminologists, but Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy scoffed at that explanation earlier this year.
“In better weather, people are outside more, interacting more with neighbors, acquaintances, even strangers, and there’s greater opportunity for conflict than when it’s cold and windy,” said James Alan Fox, a professor of criminology, law and public policy at Northeastern University in Boston.
From Jan. 1 through April 1 this year, 120 homicides were recorded in Chicago, up sharply from 75 in the same period in both 2011 and 2010, according to department statistics. Nonfatal shootings totaled almost 490 in the first three months of 2012, up 37 percent from a year earlier.
During one particularly violent weekend last month, 49 people were shot — 10 of them fatally, including a 6-year-old girl as she sat between her mom’s legs on the family’s Little Village front porch. The violence was largely concentrated on the South and Southwest sides.
In the last two weeks of March, the violence continued unabated. The department’s statistics show that 26 people were killed and more than 80 nonfatal shootings occurred from March 19 through April 1.
At the end of March, McCarthy reshuffled his command staff, replacing commanders in five of the city’s 23 districts.
Hat tip: Chicago Tribune
Maybe Jesse, Al and Rahm can’t stop it. But, Frank Ballinger and M-Squad sure would have.