Chicago Mayor Says She's Holding Police Accountable After 52 Are Shot In Weekend

There were 52 people shot and 10 killed in Chicago's most violent weekend so far in 2019.

Chicago, IL – In keeping with a tradition of increased violence during summer months, Chicago had its most brutal weekend of 2019 thus far, with 52 people shot and 10 killed between Friday and Sunday evenings.

Two of the people who were killed were stabbed to death, USA Today reported.

The nation’s third-largest city has continued to struggle with gun violence even as homicide rates hover at historic lows for the rest of the United States.

“What this shows is just a proliferation of guns we have on the streets of Chicago,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

He also said most of the shootings over the weekend were gang-related.

Newly-elected Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has established “Accountability Mondays” for meetings with police leadership and city officials in her new administration to review the violence over the previous weekend, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“What I said to them in the opening was, if they’re not going to bed every night and waking up every morning worrying and having a sense of urgency and asking themselves what more they can personally do to fight crime and stem the violence in their city, they’re in the wrong job,” Lightfoot said.

The new mayor said she has no plans at this point to switch up the leadership of the Chicago Police Department and that Superintendent Johnson’s job is not in jeopardy, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“I’m optimistic that we will have effective strategies going in place because I’m going to make sure that happens,” Lightfoot promised.

She pointed out that policing can only solve part of Chicago’s problem and pointed to the blight of poverty in parts of the city that have been ignored for years.

“There are areas in the city [where] there is literally nothing,” the mayor told the Chicago Tribune. “Vacant lots, abandoned houses, no restaurants, no coffee shops, no grocery stores, no parks, no schools. All the things that we know are important to maintaining a good quality of life and providing residents with a sense that the city cares about them, that they have a stake in their own future, and neighborhood after neighborhood on the South and West sides in particular, those things just don’t exist.”

“This is not a law enforcement-only problem, and they’re not going to solve it entirely, but I want to make sure they’re doing everything they can to be far more proactive,” Lightfoot said.

For his part, Superintendent Johnson blamed lax gun laws and a too-lenient court system that allows gun offenders to get out of jail.

“Until we stop giving them [gun offenders] the sense that they can do this with impunity, then we are going to continue to have these press conferences,” he said.

“We know who a lot of these people are,” Superintendent Johnson told reporters. “And how do we know that? Because we keep arresting them over and over and over and over again. And it’s just a vicious cycle. So until we hold violent offenders accountable in the way that they should be, we’re going to continue to see this.”

Superintendent Johnson said the city had put more police in targeted areas where authorities thought gang members would retaliate for previous shootings, USA Today reported.

As part of that enforcement push, Chicago police seize 92 illegal firearms, about twice as many as they usually get on a typical warm-weather weekend.

The superintendent said that in the coming weeks, more patrols – including officers on bicycles and on foot – would be taking to the streets in some of the city’s more popular tourist destinations, USA Today reported.

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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Hey BuddyA Where do you come down on this one? Or does it not fit the agenda? I'm just asking.

LunaMay
LunaMay

You don't let police officers enforce the laws, yet you blame everything on them. Smh It's not the police fault for thugs killing each other.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

"She pointed out that policing can only solve part of Chicago’s problem and pointed to the blight of poverty in parts of the city that have been ignored for years".

And which political party has been ignoring them, leadfoot?

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

I guess the one bright spot of this story is that two of the people were killed with knives instead of guns, so I guess they don't count. 🤔

61mouse
61mouse

Shit they are doing something right this number is LOW

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

So........there's areas where there are no grocery stores, coffee shops, parks, etc. Who in their right mind would have a business in a s/hole of a n'hood only to have it burned down or a gathering place for gangs. That's what they do, destroy what's been built with taxpayer money and then blame normal people for not wanting to invest in it. How much good money is thrown at communities who seek to destroy it? There is absolutely no accountability for anyone. Gun laws????? I don't think they go and buy guns legally and pass background checks do you? How about the fact they burglarize homes and take them? Lawyers/DA's and Judges need to be held accountable for this also because they keep slapping hands and letting the thugs out of jail. Shame on them. The ONLY ones I feel sorry for are the little kids who are born into these communities...they don't have a chance to live a decent life.....

maxx1676
maxx1676

Every time the police arrest one of these animals They get crucified.

BruthaV
BruthaV

"Newly-elected Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has established 'Accountability Mondays' for meetings with police leadership and city officials."

Soon to come is "Forgive Perps/Criminals Tuesdays"; "It's Whitey's Fault Wednesdays"; "Blame the Victim Thursdays".....

Bstn
Bstn

Ironic, Chicago constantly accuses officers of racial profiling with their arrests and now say its the Police Depts fault for the amount of shootings theyve had? So tell me Mayor how many of these shootings occured in the predominatly black neighborhiods? How many occured in predominatly white neighborhoods? We know the answer, so if you want cops to help stop all your shooting start allowing them to actually do their jobs in these neighborhoods and stop screaming discrimination / racial profiling everytime they stop, question & arrest a black person. You cant have it both ways!!

sturnman22
sturnman22

Wait for hot summer nights and watch the results skyrocket.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Holding the police accountable for what? they didn't shot any of the 52 people!!! If you want to hold someone accountable, how about the gang member that fired the guns! how about the politicians that pushed for the deletion of the "gang database" because of complaints that it was too racist (so now the cops don't have that intelligence anymore to identify these gang members)! How about the racebaiters who say that it's not the fault of the bad guys that they shoot people, and how it's all the fault of the man!!

Lets put the blame where it belongs, and hold those who commit these crimes accountable for their actions.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

How about you partoutorfix. Care to make one of your "assumptions"?

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Nothing new it's been that way since the 1920's and 1930's when Capone and other gangsters terrorized the town.

RussellSR
RussellSR

Thus is the one sane comment in the story "“Until we stop giving them [gun offenders] the sense that they can do this with impunity, then we are going to continue to have these press conferences,” he said."

JBo
JBo

The bottom line is that Chicago's residents voted these politically correct politicians in, they got what they wanted, now live with what you got. Unhappy? Elections are coming around again...let's see what you do then.

JDS
JDS

We all know who the real problem is.

Goodguys
Goodguys

Chicago PD “leaders” and politicians: Show your people you value them, tell them what their strengths are and support them strongly when they do good and are in the right, which is 98% of the time. Do that, and you’ll see pro activity and results not seen in decades.

Keep throwing them under the bus at every turn, and hold “accountability Monday’s” as if and everyone will sit back and wait for the shots fired calls to come out and then roll slowly to them.

“Accountability Mondays”... Sounds like Chicago PD is employing “The beatings will continue until morale improves” approach. Yeah, that’ll work.. 🙄

Theendisnear
Theendisnear

Haha! What happened to "no cops, no crime" When you dont support Law Enforcers, Chicago is the end result.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

“We know who a lot of these people are,” Superintendent Johnson told reporters. “And how do we know that? Because we keep arresting them over and over and over and over again. And it’s just a vicious cycle. So until we hold violent offenders accountable in the way that they should be, we’re going to continue to see this.”

This is so true! I'm glad to see that someone is finally saying it. Does that mean the problem is going to be solved? IDK! I really believe that if Chicago wanted to be truly run right, then they should stop with these baseless liberal policies and finally vote someone in that can and will take some action.

Thinblueline
Thinblueline

To the homies in Chicago...you have got to step up your game! I know you can do better than that. Someone had to have disrespected you today!

LEO0301
LEO0301

Accountability Monday! Boy, I bet it's a fun job being a chief for one of the most violent cities in the country. If the chief is suppose to go to bed and wake up worrying about what he can do to stop homicidal maniacs from killing each other for things as simple as walking down the wrong street, he won't last very long. The judges, the prosecutors, and the police, all know who is doing the crimes. Get together and push for longer sentences for anyone convicted of a violent crime. Six months and back out on the streets again is unacceptable. The punishment must fit the crime. Liberal policies have caused this problem. Blaming the police for everything is not the answer and is just another way for the mayor to shift responsibilities of a failed government to someone else. She must have learned from Obama..

GHarvey
GHarvey

Sounds like the Mayor should be held accountable and probably arrested for being complicit.

investigator
investigator

Another freaking idiot! Every Cop in Chicago should call in sick for the next five days!!!

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

Typical DUMBoCRAP...blame others for your COMPLETE FAILURE ON ALL LEVELS ..HELL ,BLAME RUSSIA TOO

merlin9
merlin9

“We know who a lot of these people are,”??? If your hands are tied, put the names on some posters around the neighborhood. Good-minded folks will do the right thing, if you know what I mean.

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

Where's Obama when you need him.....isn't that his city? Why can't he help??? Just a thought!

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

lori, You are obstructing the possibility of leadership in one of the ugliest cities in history. It appears cute that you were elected mayor. But it’s horror.

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Is this not the same jurisdiction that was forced to destroy their gang database? Let them do their jobs.

Mama1959
Mama1959

Southside is notorious for street crime, just ask Leroy Brown.....

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

I bet the mayor never went on a ride along. Put the mayor the line of Fire, up close and personal with the thugs, and real life instead of office work.

DarrellWhitledge
DarrellWhitledge

So since blaming poverty didn't work let's blame the Police. Why not blame the animals that are doing the shooting and place the blame where it belongs? I knew this shit would happen as soon as her stupid ass got in to office. Marky words this is just the beginning I am so.glad I am not an LEO there

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Bicycles? Damn if i was a cop if i would go into a known gang area on a bicycle..the demonrats have ruined every city they control

Dark_ePoch
Dark_ePoch

Like I always say: "People that don't hold themselves accountable will claim Police are the cause of, and solution to all of societies problems"

LAW169
LAW169

So where is Elliot Ness when you need him?

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Time for a new zoo keeper?

bobpeel
bobpeel

So, is she saying that CPD should actually do proactive policing by stopping the thugs, patting them down, towing their ride and generally making their lives miserable?

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

The lawful gun owners will get blamed even though it said 92 illegal firearms and the reason there is no stores or coffee shops is no one not even the good black people are going to open shops where they get robbed and beaten up all the time to turn around and see the people that done it back on the streets to do it to them again because you liberal mayors don't think the offense is bad enough to lock them up so you've instructed the judges to turn them loose!

tlkroupa
tlkroupa

This is sad and infuriating. Hey Mayor do you know why there are abandoned buildings all over Chicago? Because you continue to raise taxes. Which in turn makes it so we cannot afford to live here. How about we start there and stop focusing on what the police are NOT doing. They have their hands tied...open your eyes. I am outta here!!!

Dusty3rd
Dusty3rd

This broad has alienated the police to the point they could care less; and who can blame them? Go in, make rollcall, respond to radio calls (in no hurry) pick up your paycheck and go home.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Another POS who doesn't support the police and blames everything on them. Of course they have another POS in their prosecutor who thinks 16 felonies are just blown away with a swipe of her wand. Chicago is a shithole and will never get better with "mis- leadership" like this.

Mic911
Mic911

Just thinning out the criminal population!!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Mayor is as stupid as a box of rocks!

LynnSB
LynnSB

Another Ignorant AHole -- like the Police did this -- why don't you stop interfering with them and let them do their Jobs !! -- they can't win is they Do their job then you want to charge and prosecute them -- FU -- I would walk off the job and let the city be the SEWER it is already become !!

KentS
KentS

She has taken every tool they have away to be proactive! Get out of these certain neighborhoods! But be proactive! Stop making traffic stops and checking people on the corners! But be proactive! Dont use your training and common sense to profile people! But be proactive. Dont work with ICE to get illegal MS-13 gang members out of the city! But be proactive! Dont even SPEAK to someone if you are white! But be proactive! Allow criminals to take your suspects, throw rocks at you, shoot at you, and chase you from their neighborhoods. But be proactive! These are YOUR failed liberal policies that YOU enforced on the police department as you pandered, capitulated, and subjugated yourself to CRIMINALS! Now you wanna blame cops? F OFF!

Do-The-Job-Right
Do-The-Job-Right

When is that Actor Going to be convicted?

Cwret
Cwret

How about holding the criminals accountable for their choice to co meant crimes.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Maybe the "accountability Monday" should include a certain county prosecutor who enjoys colluding with, taking selfies with, and keeping criminals OUT of jail.

The police can catch em but if Foxx keeps releasing them the city will stay it's current sewer-turned-hell-hole existence.

redpill
redpill

Nah... hold the mayor accountable. Impeach her.

61mouse
61mouse

I'd like her to explain why it's the police fault the criminals are criminals

retired40
retired40

Let me guess, most of them were Black?