Leaders from Chicago city government, federal law enforcement agencies, faith groups and community organizations met privately today to discuss joint efforts to combat gun violence and strengthen communities.
Mayor Emanuel spoke after the meeting, clearly angered and frustrated by the violent episodes that take lives, frighten residents and injure citizens – even while Emanuel has increased efforts to stop the violence.
“I am proud that we have more public safety resources because that’s a part of this. But we have to double up our resources in investing in our communities and our individuals so they can be on the trajectory of finding a job because that job is going to give the community and that individual the skills and the hope for a ticket to the middle class,” Emanuel said.
Many members of the panel said they were so impressed by today’s meeting that they plan to meet again, soon.
Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he is beginning to see tiny rays of hope coming out of the neighborhood.
“We are getting information out of the community. People are opening up and talking to us,” he said.
Those leaving today’s meeting said they felt the panel was a good idea that would bring about positive results.
The meeting comes after another weekend of violence.