Chicago Cops Make 84 Gun Arrests, Then Most Are Released Within Hours

Chicago police took 199 guns of the streets during the city's most violent weekend of 2019 so far.

Chicago, IL – Chicago police made 84 gun arrests and took 199 guns off the streets during the most violent weekend so far of 2019, but Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said only 15 offenders remained incarcerated as of Monday morning.

Fifty-two people were shot and 10 people were killed in Chicago over the 4th of July holiday weekend, CBS News reported.

Superintendent Johnson told reporters at a press conference on Monday that the numbers showed "the challenges we face are complex and profound.”

"I know I can speak for everyone at CPD when I say we take these shootings seriously, and there's a heightened sense of urgency and care when it comes to gun violence in this city," the superintendent said.

The 10 people killed, including two who were stabbed to death, make the 4th of July holiday weekend twice as deadly as Memorial Day weekend, when five people were killed, CBS News reported.

Superintendent Johnson said Chicago police officers took 199 guns off the streets of the city between July 3 and July 7.

He said 84 people were arrested on gun-related charges.

“That’s a ridiculous amount of guns and each one of these interactions – I want you to be mindful – that they potentially neutralized a possible act of violence,” the superintendent said.

He said that the gun arrests that were made over the weekend prevented “several acts of retaliation.”

“[199 guns] equates to nearly two illegal guns per hour that were taken off the streets by CPD,” Superintendent Johnson said.

“[Officers] often know the offenders that pull the triggers,” Superintendent Johnson told reporters. “They know them because they know their beats, they know their neighborhoods. People living in these communities have pointed out these troublemakers in the past and CPD has had a watchful eye on nearly all those offenders that contributed to this violent weekend.”

But despite police making 84 arrests – 42 for felonies - on gun charges during the weekend, he said only 15 offenders remained in custody as of Monday morning.

“Our lax culture on gun offenders also sent a message to our community partners who had the courage to dial 911 or speak to their officers that they see about someone they suspected might be carrying a weapon,” Superintendent Johnson said.

He said their bravery turns to “shock and anger” when they see the same people they turned in walking free on the streets just hours later.

“Until we get serious on how we prioritize gun offenders and violence in our communities, we’ll continue to be at risk,” Superintendent Johnson told reporters. “Our relationship with the community is damaged when we cannot keep an individual incarcerated after being caught with an illegal weapon in the city of Chicago.”

The superintendent, who grew up in Chicago, said he understood the challenges faced in a city rife with gangs and gun violence, and that he was leery of packing the jails with low-level offenders.

“However, individuals with a felony weapons charge must and should be held accountable and face responsibility for what they do,” Superintendent Johnson insisted. “We know that these offenders are likely to continue the behavior that landed them in handcuffs in the first place. And we know this because we keep arresting them over and over again. Now that’s not a risk - as a city or society - that we should be willing to take.”

He said that offenders who go out with a gun planning to commit a crime need to know they will be held accountable if they’re caught.

“We have to get serious as a society about this gun issue. We just do,” Superintendent Johnson told reporters.

He said people are afraid to come forward because they don’t trust there will be accountability.

Superintendent Johnson praised the U.S. Attorney’s Office and said that police work with them to try to take as many cases federal as possible because there’s more accountability.

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moquetteron
moquetteron

SA Kim Foxx was put into office by George Soros and the blm group. They succeeded in many parts of the country. We next to take the courts back to deal with this problem

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Where are the BLM'rs?? Where is the outrage?? Where are the politicians to condemn this horrific act over of all days, the 4th of July ?? They're cowards, self serving idiots who pick on cops and want gun control due to all the murders..Do you really think these thugs had legal weapons? Probably, mostly not because they stole them from the gun shops or burglarized homes and took them from law abiding citizens who probably had them registered. The little kids who belong to these thugs and thugettes don't have a prayer to grow up to be decent hard working people... Another thought..........who are they going to sue for their lottery winnings? A bunch of self centered, self serving hypocrites who rely on the rest of society to provide for them. Sick of it.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Chicago is never going to win the war against crime if their justice system keeps springing the criminals back out onto the streets. What's going on over there??🤔

gfc1963
gfc1963

Wonder when the Black Lives Matter march is going to happen? Oh wait - none of those 10 killed were shot by the police. Silly me. Black lives DON't matter unless they're a black criminal and get shot by the police.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Such peaceful, loving members of society. I wonder how the mayors accountability Monday meeting went?

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

I’d like to hear @burgerallday (fuckface) response to this since he is the gun control advocate. Liberal city, run by liberal fucktards, cops do their job, enforce the law and yet the criminals are free. So, how do more gun laws help?

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

Good job guys in getting those guns off the street. Shame on you Chicago court system. No wonder everyone’s leaving.

61mouse
61mouse

Sounds like Chicago can use a REAL Hank Voight and intelligence unit

magnumforc
magnumforc

Wait...didn't that puke DA require the guns be given back to the perps? And an extra one for Smollett?

CinGuz
CinGuz

Can not wait to leave this city, these animals have turned it into the old west.