Following one of Chicago’s most violent weekends in 2018, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson pleaded with the city to “do better” and “step up,” ABC News reported.
Twelve people were killed and 70 were shot since Friday night, with the shootings largely contained in four of the city’s 22 police districts in the South and West sides of the city, according to the report. In some of the incidents, gunmen had shot into large crowds. No arrests have been made yet.
“What we saw this weekend, it just it rips at everything that I believe in because I know, as a city and as a neighborhood . . . we can do better,” Johnson said during a press conference Monday with Emmanuel.
“We need everyone to come to the table with less talk and more action,” he added.
Emmanuel, who is seeking a third term, told people in those neighborhoods to “speak up.”
“All of us know that this is not Chicago, what we saw,” he told reporters. “All of us who love the city and call it home have the responsibility to deal our neighborhoods.”
“We have a heavy heart. Our souls are burdened. What happened this weekend did not happen in every neighborhood of Chicago, but it is unacceptable to happen in any neighborhood of Chicago. We are a better city.”
Chicago police in May said gun violence continued to fall, listing only 146 homicides up to that point or 42 fewer than the same period last year. The number of shooting victims had also fallen from 1,014 to 710.
Chicago Bureau of Patrol Chief Fred Waller on Sunday told CNN shootings are down 30 percent from 2017, and murders are down 25 percent. Last year ended with 650 homicides compared to 771 in 2016, according to CNN.
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