The children, ages 12, 11 and 2, were slain in separate shootings over four days. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson criticized the criminal justice system’s failure to hold shooters accountable. Mayor Rahm Emanuel traveled to Washington to ask for more federal help.
The president’s warning that he will send in the feds if Chicago can’t fix the “carnage” of violence shows he misunderstands the problem. It also sidesteps the kind of assistance that cities experiencing upsurges in homicides really need, says a former DOJ official.
With two days to go, 400 people have been shot and at least 78 killed in August, making it the most deadly month since October 1997. With nearly 500 homicides this year, Chicago has logged more violence than New York and Los Angeles combined.