Community members plan rally after weekend of widespread violence
Community members, including Father Pfleger, plan to gather tonight to call for peace in the streets of Chicago after a violent and deadly weekend.
Over the weekend, 44 people were shot, 8 fatally, in 31 shootings.
“Every child deserves a childhood, regardless of where they live. But to do that, our city and community, the neighborhoods that make up this city, cannot live by a code of silence,” Emanuel said at a news conference at an Edgewater school to announce more international baccalaureate programs. “They have to live by a moral code.”
“Now I’ve read some of this, and I just want to say this, when some people go ‘Well, it’s the weather.’ It’s whether you have values,” the mayor said. “Yes, weather’s an impact. Where you put police is an impact. Whether you have summer jobs, after school programs, camps, summer reading programs. We have to do that and more.”
The mayor gave an emotional response to a violent crime problem that seems out of control and traditionally only gets worse in Chicago -much worse- as the weather warms up.
The city is getting some federal help The U.S. attorney’s office announced today the creation of its own specialized unit.
The violent crimes section will be born out of a major restructuring that will see 16 of the department’s 160 prosecutors dedicated solely to violent crime and take on gangs and guns, specifically, and use their federal mandate to do it. Drug, gun and extortion statutes will be adapted to target violence.
Mayor Emanuel says there’s more to this than what the city and police do. He says ommunities and parents need to do their part; which is what organizers say the event at St Sabina Church is all about.
The event begins at 6 p.m.