The violence just never ends in Chicago, as another deadly weekend proves.
At least 64 people were shot over the weekend and 11 are confirmed dead.
The numbers are staggering and ever-growing, and as the media continues to belittle or outright ignore any violence that doesn’t run parallel with their own political viewpoints, the country continues to suffer.
Chicago’s top cop is again calling for community partnerships and additional investments in South and West Side neighborhoods after yet another violent weekend that saw 11 homicides and more than 60 people shot.
Chicago police Superintendent David Brown on Monday said he’s already planning to expand a new community policing initiative launched just last week to help grow relationships between police and residents, as gun violence continued to spike over the weekend.
“We should not be seen as an occupying force only there for enforcement,” Brown said during a press conference Monday morning. “So I would say standby. You’ll see community policing on steroids in this department.”
Between 6 p.m. Friday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, 11 people were murdered and 53 others were wounded in 50 separate shooting incidents, according to Brown. Of those 64 total victims, six were children.
Among the weekend violence was a shooting in Englewood that left a 45-year-old man dead and three others injured Sunday night. A 20-year-old man was also killed and two teens were injured in a shooting late Sunday at a West Englewood gas station.
The violence continued into early Monday morning with at least two additional homicides: a 26-year-old man was shot and killed in North Lawndale at around 12:30 a.m., and a 27-year-old man was fatally shot in Woodlawn around 1:45 a.m.
Chicago police have recovered more thn 5,100 illegal guns so far this year, Brown said, including 98 in the past week.
Brown’s press conferences have become a grim weekly occurrence as of late following spikes in gun violence weekend after weekend. At least 17 people were killed over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Fourteen people, including three children, were killed the weekend prior to that, and through June, Chicago had matched it’s 2016 homicide pace – a year that finished with more than 760 murders citywide.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown says that their just aren't enough opportunities to offset the wave of crime sweeping the city.
The mainstream media continues to focus on the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, but the real threat in our country is the continuous wave of violent crime.
While there are certainly important stories to cover, perhaps the media could turn some of their focus away from some of the more useless "news stories."