CHICAGO -- After a July Fourth weekend marred by violence and fatal shootings, many are asking what's really behind the violence and who is to blame for decades-old issued that can't seem to be cured?
The answer depends on who you ask.
Art Lurigio, criminal justice professor at Loyola University, says he wants to see more detectives trained to investigate homicides. He knows they will be long and exhaustive investigations in the tough streets, but it's necessary he says. He says putting more resources toward getting the gunman will get shooters charged with murder and keep suspects behind bars longer. In the end, Lurigio says it will deter others from going down the same path.
Signs of progress are flat despite hundreds of millions of dollars put toward more policing. And gangs are getting more bold. Lurigio says the statistics reflect what seem like insurmountable societal challenges in low income African American neighborhoods; Unemployment, lack of education, schools closings.
WGN’s Julie Unruh has more.