Chicago PD Made 53 Weekend Felony Gun Arrests, Judges Let Them Out Of Jail

Chicago police took 56 illegal weapons off city streets and arrested 22 people on gun charges between Friday and Sunday.

Chicago, IL – Chicago police have been making arrests for felony gun charges among a spike in shootings, only to see judges quickly release the suspects on bond.

This past weekend, 56 illegal guns were taken off the city streets by Chicago police officers, Chicago Police Chief Communications Officer Anthony Guglielmi tweeted.

The prior weekend, officers made 53 felony arrests on gun charges in the violence-plagued city.

Despite the fact many of the charges were for serious offenses – aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, armed habitual criminal, aggravated discharge, and felon in possession/use of a firearm, for example – Guglielmi said more than half of the offenders had been released on bond before the start of the next weekend.

Thirty of the people arrested – 57 percent of arrestees – spent less than a week in jail.

Newly-elected Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson promised they would be “flooding the zone” and saturating the city with additional police patrols as the summer began, but despite best efforts by city leaders and police, Memorial Day weekend left 43 people wounded and five people dead from gunfire in the city.

Chicago police vowed to put even more officers on the streets to curb the violence.

"While we don't comment on specifics in terms of officer deployments, we have positioned saturation and tactical teams in areas of the city that we are addressing ongoing gang conflicts that are contributing to recent violence," Anthony Guglielmi told ABC News.

"Additionally, there will be heavy saturation patrols along Lake Shore Drive and major thoroughfares beginning Friday and through the weekend. Supplemental summer patrols were also deployed in neighborhoods across the south and west side of the city," Guglielmi said.

But despite the extreme efforts by the police department, the very next weekend was the most violent weekend thus far in 2019.

Fifty-two people were shot and 10 people were killed between Friday and Sunday evenings in the first weekend of June.

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

Shootings, and violence in general, historically climb with the temperatures in Chicago, and the city looks to be on track for keeping the tradition in 2019 despite the fact that there was a 13 percent decrease in shootings and 7 percent fewer murders in the city prior to Memorial Day weekend, according to ABC News.

The mayor, a former federal prosecutor, has vowed to restore “safety and peace in our neighborhoods.”

At the start of summer, Lightfoot established “Accountability Mondays” to meet with police officials and administration leadership to review the Chicago crime statistics from the prior weekend.

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.

Shortly after summer began, Superintendent Johnson blamed lax gun laws and a too-lenient court system that allows gun offenders to get out of jail for much of the violence in the city.

“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.”

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Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Must be some super advanced crime fighting scheme. I could never hope to understand it. Perhaps the justice brothers/shuck and jive can break it down for me 🤔

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Or possibly another high level meeting with low level thinking. I'll go with this one.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

“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 you know something Super Johnson we see who they are as well.

javaguy746
javaguy746

Accountability Mondays for the police? How about accountability Fridays for the judges that keep letting them walk? Ain't nothing like having to stay late on Friday night to do paperwork and have meetings for those 8 to 5 weekday workers.....

LunaMay
LunaMay

WTF? Chicago will forever be a shithole unless you stop voting these idiots in.

LEO0301
LEO0301

I think they're approaching this the wrong way. Instead of saturating the high crime areas with police, have them form a barrier on the outskirts and wait until they hear the last shot. Come in, remove the bodies, and turn the neighborhoods back over to the good people.

JBo
JBo

It's Chicago...no surprise. I can't imagine what it would be like to be a cop there. Disheartening doesn't begin to address the feelings they must have.

pbm4jc
pbm4jc

Why bother arresting them? Just take the guns and say, "Have a nice day!"

Copsdaughter1995
Copsdaughter1995

Bitching because of the crime yet they them back out....oh well! That's Obama's city for ya. Gotta cry wolf to have everyone look their way yet they won't help themselves!!! Good on the police to not just say screw this I'm done. They just need to system to help them if not its wasted time.

LynnSB
LynnSB

THERE YOU GO MAYOR -------- NOW WHO THE FCK IS ALLOWING THIS SHT TO CONTINUE !!!!!

DieselDawg
DieselDawg

Birds of a feather flock together.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Have the city supply the ammo and let the PD have the weekend off. That with get rid of some of the scum on the streets.

Senseisteve
Senseisteve

Can someone explain what "gun crimes" are? I have several guns and never witnessed any of them do anything without human involvement directing them. I moved out of Chiraq 20+ years ago and thw city I was born in has continued to degrade into a cesspool, due in no small part to the democrat control. Blame everyone and everything besides the criminals, because the biggest criminals are the elected officials! Chicago = corruption. It is no surprise that the longer democrats run something, the worse it becomes. Their theory is always: The reason our policies aren't working is because we don't have enough failed policies in place. Hmmm, so if stupidity got us into this mess, stupidity can get us out. Should be the official democrat motto!

Stanracer
Stanracer

As long as there are bleeding heart, hug-a-thug liberal judges, Chicago doesn't have a hope in hell of being a safe, low crime city.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Catch and release hasn't worked for illegal immigrants or criminals. But in Chicago it must be a great success?

Bald eagle.
Bald eagle.

well maybe it's time to get rid of the f****** judges what kind of f****** judges are these they're all full of s*** and we need to get rid of these m************ and get some new ones your let him go on bail kind of stupid s*** is that the why even bother give him a slap on the wrist and then they keep walking.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

I guess the judicial system in Chicago is just like fishing.

BatCrapCrazy
BatCrapCrazy

More Chaos Equals More Control.

Oldvlc
Oldvlc

Makes perfect sense. The one thing that could be done isn't done.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Who was it in Chicago who said all the shootings/murders the past few weeks (over 50) was the fault of the police not doing their jobs????? Let them do themselves in.

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

👉 Stop Planting Fake Guns! No More Bonuses 😭

Cromaxgal
Cromaxgal

I think Chicago and all of Illinois needs to have their swamp drained

Cops kid
Cops kid

Lax gun laws ? Superintendent Johnson means, outrageous gun laws that restrict law abiding citizens from protecting their selves... Go unprosecuted !

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

Once a Shit Hole always a Shit Hole

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

I sure hope they have a meeting to get to the bottom of who stole the Mayor's eyebrows.