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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Suds18
Suds18

Good for the superintendent for pointing out a FACT often overlooked or ignored. To lenient gun laws (meaning sentences for crimes involving firearms) and a to lenient court system. I have said it before and I’ll say it again: laws are only good if they are enforced! These judges need to to hold people accountable, it’s not law enforcement, it’s not Probation officers, it’s the prosecutor and the judge that ultimately have the power to do the right thing and it’s becoming a rarity that this happens. Prosecutors cut deals to avoid trial and who the F knows what some of these judges are thinking! Do your research and vote them out as they are elected!!!!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Hello Mayor Lightfoot, It would be truly refreshing for you to address real problems within your community vs. manufactured problems and seeking scapegoats. Finding scapegoats is just lazy reactive thought. Be proactive -For example each week you can talk from your office about acceptable personal social behaviors, morals, values, how to find employment , how drugs and alcohol are not a solution , taking personal responsibility , and how to stay out of trouble with the law. You could have a specialist on each subject to broadcast the info and it can be called "Finding a Solution Friday". Hopefully some will learn something prior to any upcoming violent weekend. You need a paradigm shift Mayor and not same old status quo.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Moronic Idiot !!! nothing like stabbing your own men \ women in the back -- what a POS

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

How about you "keeppolicehonest"? Care to enlighten us? Or does it not fit the agenda?

xl4jc
xl4jc

cut off their arms and legs and expect them to perform like they have limbs. nice.

Paul Kersey Jr.
Paul Kersey Jr.

How do you blame the cops for savages killing each other? It is an insoluble situation. The only way to lower ChiTowns' homicide rate would be to drop a few B61/63's on the southside, maybe...

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

I smell a smollett

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

Like when the police did the excellent investigation of Smollett and the corrupt D.A. dismissed the charges? That police chief and his officers are fantastic but the liberal creeps in government are the ones responsible for never punishing and crying racism all the time. Scrw them.