The Riots And Looting Helped Chicago Break This Record But No One Is Celebrating…
(Tea Party 247) – Though most of the country has calmed since the rioting and looting began in the wake of George Floyd’s death, some cities have seemingly been thrown into unfettered bedlam and chaos. The city of Chicago has seen its deadliest day since 1961 over the weekend of May 29 to May 31 when 24 people were shot and killed in the Windy City, with 18 being slain in one day, 85 others wounded by gun shots.
Sunday, May 31, was the city’s single most violent day in Chicago in six decades according to the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab which also says that the data doesn’t go back any further than 1961.
The Chicago Sun Times reports:
From 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, through 11 p.m. Sunday, May 31, 25 people were killed in the city, with another 85 wounded by gunfire, according to data maintained by the Chicago Sun-Times.
In a city with an international reputation for crime — where 900 murders per year were common in the early 1990s — it was the most violent weekend in Chicago’s modern history, stretching police resources that were already thin because of protests and looting.
“We’ve never seen anything like it, at all,” said Max Kapustin, the senior research director at the crime lab. “ … I don’t even know how to put it into context. It’s beyond anything that we’ve ever seen before.”
The next highest murder total for a single day was on Aug. 4, 1991, when 13 people were killed in Chicago, according to the crime lab.
Now 24 more people have died since the death of George Floyd proving that the riots were never about justice. Reverend Michael Pfleger, who leads St. Sabina Church and is known as a longtime crusader against gun violence in Auburn Gresham, said it was “open season” in his neighborhood and others on the South and West sides of Chicago that weekend.
“On Saturday and particularly Sunday, I heard people saying all over, ‘Hey, there’s no police anywhere, police ain’t doing nothing,’” Pfleger said.
“I sat and watched a store looted for over an hour,” he added. “No police came. I got in my car and drove around to some other places getting looted [and] didn’t see police anywhere.”
According to the Sun Times, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on May 31 alone, Chicago’s 911 emergency center received 65,000 calls for all types of service — 50,000 more than on a usual day.
Thanks to the riots and looting police were stretched dangerously thin and while their attention was on the riots, there was anarchy happening all around the city.
The Sun Times reports:
[Chicago Police Spokesman Thomas] Ahern said after “increased violent and criminal activity” on Saturday, May 30, police canceled days off for all officers and placed them on 12-hour shifts in order to direct “our full force of manpower towards Chicago’s neighborhoods, particularly on the South and West Sides.”
Kapustin of U. of C.’s crime lab said massive upheavals or protests typically require police departments to divert officers to respond to demonstrations.
“When CPD has to turn its attention elsewhere and there’s suddenly this vacuum that opens up, you also unfortunately see a picture like you saw with [last] weekend where you see an absurd amount of carnage, people getting injured and killed,” he said. “Those forces are still there.”
Kapustin said the current situation “lays bare a really nuanced understanding of the role of the police.”
“You have to sort of ask yourself: How are you going to get to a place where you have a police department that people respect and that has earned the trust of the community, but it’s still actually effective at reducing gun violence, which is the thing that plagues a lot of these neighborhoods,” Kapustin said. “And we’re so far right now from getting that figured out.”
Most gun violence in cities like Chicago is amongst black communities and most of the victims are young black males. The only way anything will change for these communities is from within.