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How’s that strict gun control working in Chiraq? Just as you’d expect…

Almost every Monday, I report on the carnage that occurs in Chiraq. See here, here, here, and here. And every Monday the Black Lives Matter crowd is silent.

blacks protesting black-on-black crimes

Gee, I wonder why?

Chicago off to deadliest start in nearly two decades


From The Chicago Tribune: As the first quarter of 2016 nears an end, violence in Chicago has reached levels unseen in years, putting the city on course to top 500 homicides for only the second time since 2008.

As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, homicides totaled 135, a 71 percent jump over the 79 killings in the same year-earlier period, official Police Department statistics show. That represented the worst first quarter of a year since 136 homicides in 1999, according to the data.

Shootings have jumped by comparable numbers as well. As of Wednesday, at least 727 people had been shot in Chicago so far this year, a 73 percent rise from 422 a year earlier, according to a Tribune analysis of department data.

Worse yet, that jump follows two consecutive years in which shootings rose by double digits, the analysis found. Homicides also rose by about 12.5 percent last year over 2014.

If there was any hopeful sign in the numbers, it would be that for most of March, homicides rose citywide by a more modest 25 percent from the same year-earlier period, the department said.

Crime experts caution about making year-to-year comparisons, but Arthur Lurigio, a professor of criminal justice and psychology at Loyola University Chicago, called the escalating violence at the start of the year “alarming.”

“We have to go back decades to find jumps of this magnitude in year-to-year comparisons,” he said. “We’re on our way to 500 homicides again. We’re going backward.”

Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (at podium)

Interim Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (at podium)

After an unrelated news conference Wednesday, new interim police Superintendent Eddie Johnson found an optimistic note in the recent slowing of the percentage increase in homicides. “If we can build on that momentum, we’ll be doing good,” he said.

Johnson said gang conflicts and the proliferation of guns continue to fuel the violence. The department also disclosed that more than half of the homicide victims so far this year had been targeted as likely gun violence victims or offenders in a novel program in which commanders try to persuade them to give up the gang life.

“We know who is committing these crimes. It’s a small segment of the population,” Johnson told the Tribune. “We have those individuals targeted. One of the things we have to do is ensure we hold those individuals accountable when they commit these crimes.”

The surge in violence comes at a tumultuous time for the Police Department. On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel passed over the three finalists his hand-picked Police Board had chosen for police superintendent and instead plucked Johnson from the command staff for the post. In December, Emanuel had fired Garry McCarthy after 4 1/2 years in the job amid the public furor after the court-ordered release of a dashboard camera video showing a white Chicago police officer shoot Laquan McDonald 16 times, killing the black teen as he walked away from police with a knife in his hand.

The hardest hit of the Police Department’s 22 districts has been the West Side’s Harrison District, which includes the West Garfield Park, East Garfield Park and Humboldt Park community areas. Through Sunday, 21 people had been killed, more than triple from six a year earlier, statistics show. Shooting incidents have risen by similar numbers, to 111 from 40.

On Tuesday night, about 20 residents joined several police officers at 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard in the South Side’s South Shore community in a show of solidarity in the fight against crime. The area isn’t as prone to gun violence as it once was, but it still has its flare-ups. The event drew mostly residents who appeared to be in their 40s, 50s or 60s, not the at-risk youths most affected by the violence.

Read the whole story here.


Gun Control, Chiraq Style: 2 dead, 24 wounded in weekend shootings

Two men were killed and at least 24 other people — including a 3-year-old boy — have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening.

Welcome to Chicago sign

Typical scenarios (from MyFoxChicago): Shooting at a party at 2:30 am when a fight broke out, a man standing on a sidewalk at 11:20 pm and shot by some drive by, and shootings in the early morning hours.

The shootings also involved children. A 3-year-old boy was shot Saturday afternoon while he was standing on a sidewalk at about 3 p.m. Someone opened fire and he was shot in the right leg, police said. He was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, where his condition was stabilized. The boy was not the intended target of the shooting.

At least 19 other people have been wounded in separate shootings since about 5 p.m. Friday.

And last Thursday, a 12-year-old boy was shot in a drive-by shooting while playing tag with friends. And the reason why he was shot? Because he wouldn’t flash a gang sign, neighbors say.

According to the Daily Mail, the boy was left in critical condition in the Gage Park neighborhood after a red SUV pulled up to him and his group of four friends just after 9 pm.


Someone inside yelled ‘Raise the crown’, meaning give the sign for the Latin Kings, a boy in the group said. But the 12-year-old boy froze and didn’t make the sign. A shot went off and the boy collapsed as the SUV sped away, police and neighbors said.  Police also the boy who was shot was not in a gang.

The boy was hit in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. As of Friday, he was in critical but stable condition.

His friend Manuel Loza, 14, told the Chicago Tribune that the boys called 911 and ran to the boy’s father’s home to tell him what happened. He said that he and his brother Alfredo were afraid to go to school the next day and that their mother couldn’t sleep all night.

His older brother Ernie told CBS Chicago that he and Alfredo ran to the boy’s side after the shooting.  He rushed to him, and what I heard, what he told me, his eyes were closed, and he was just hurting, like, “Freddie, please help me. Please get some help. Don’t tell me this is happening”. That’s heartbreaking to hear that from a little kid,’ he said.


He added that the area has been getting more dangerous and residents want to see more police in the area. ‘They’re messing with little kids. They’re little kids trying to play tag. You know, when I was young, I was able to play tag. I was able to play football. I was having fun in the streets every day, every night; and now, in this neighborhood, you can’t do it,’ he said. ‘You’re out here playing tag, and you get shot.’


The Significance of Baggy Pants

To amplify Dr. Eowyn’s post yesterday about the shoe shoplifter, here’s more about the reality of the culture of Baggy Pants.

Rev Manning Talks Truth About Hoodies & Violence