Violence in the Chicago’s troubled Englewood police district has dropped dramatically in 2017, with shootings falling 44 percent and homicides down 45 percent. It’s only one year, experts, cops and even residents caution. Still, it’s happening in Englewood, whose name has long been synonymous with violence, gang warfare, poverty and despair.
The president declined to identify a Chicago motorcycle cop he says told him on the campaign trail that “if they let us do our job we could stop [violent crime] immediately.” A spokesman says Mayor Rahm Emanuel is “all ears” to identify the officer.
An evaluation of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy by the Urban Institute found that gun violence among targeted street groups was reduced by using community leaders and law enforcement in a strategy that combined moral persuasion and the promise of counseling and social services with the threat of criminal sanctions.
After criticism of his initial comments on Charlottesville violence, the president retweeted a post on Chicago crime by conservative Jack Posobiec, which linked to a story from an ABC affiliate and read, “Meanwhile: 39 shootings in Chicago this weekend, 9 deaths. No national media outrage. Why is that?”
The police department conducts “a very comprehensive review” after Chicago experienced one of its most violent Fourth of July weekends in recent years. Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy considers a run against the man who fired him, Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
It was a mixed report on Chicago’s crime levels so far this year. Homicides reached 200 just four days later than last year. Shootings are down, however, from 1,239 at this time in 2016 to 1,114 this year, says the Chicago Tribune.