9 Fatally Shot, 14 Wounded In Chicago's Deadliest Weekend So Far In 2020
Chicago, IL – Nine people were murdered in Chicago between 6 p.m. on Friday and midnight on Sunday, setting the record for the most murders in a weekend so far for 2020.
Twenty three people were wounded or killed in shootings during that time period, the Associated Press reported.
So far, the murder rate for Chicago in 2020 is set to outpace 2019 by quite a bit.
There had been 33 murders by Feb. 10, 2019, with 167 total shooting victims, the Associated Press reported.
But the body count for Chicago in 2020 is already up to 50 with a total of 225 victims wounded by gunfire.
City officials are concerned about the numbers because Chicago’s crime rates had dropped significantly over the past three years, the Associated Press reported.
“We are looking at this very closely and looking to make some deployment adjustments,” Chicago Police Department Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Guglielmi said that police had made three arrests in connection with the weekend’s murders by Monday morning, the Associated Press reported.
The Chicago Police Department has been through a lot of upheaval in the past few months.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot fired Superintendent Eddie Johnson in December after she said he lied to her about an incident in October of 2019 when he was found passed out in his car.
She replaced Johnson with Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck, former chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, WGN reported.
In January, Superintendent Beck moved 1,100 detectives and narcotics and gang officers out of headquarters and into the districts to put them closer to crime scenes and the patrol officers who run those streets.
“In the long run this will help us and this geographical based policing is a model that has proven to be better in other cities but now we are going through some growing pains,” Guglielmi said.
When the new top cop announced his big changes to the department, he made it clear that while he might hold an “interim” title, he didn’t plan to sit still as a placeholder, WBBM reported.
“The mayor didn’t hire me to be a place keeper,” Superintendent Beck said. “She didn’t hire me just to keep the lights on.”
The acting superintendent shook things up at Chicago PD in late December when he announced he was putting an end to merit-based promotion system that has long been considered corrupt and unfair.