Shooting Everyday For Past Year In Chicago
By Ken Hare
Chicago Defender Staff Writer
So far, 2016 has turned out to be the most violent year in Chicago in twenty years with 102 deaths in 62 days. Some community activists have attributed the spike in the shootings to unseasonably warm winter weather.
However, law enforcement says compounding the problem is the Laquan McDonald shooting. It turned a national spotlight on the Chicago Police Department. That along with a justice department investigation has had an impact on officers’ morale.
Interim Police Superintendent, John Escalante said an important tool is a refined ‘stop’ policy to question civilians. He says those stops are up 20% since Feb. 15.
Increased supervision from new sergeants and lieutenants is planned as a new strategy to hold them accountable for the spike in crime in their districts as officers are hitting the streets this week.