CHICAGO — Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said despite a drop in gun violence this Fourth of July weekend from last year, he is angry and frustrated with the weekend’s shootings.
During a news conference Sunday, police laid out more than 80 illegal weapons seized just this past week. The superintendent says this holiday weekend, officers are recovering one illegal gun per hour on the streets of Chicago.
This weekend, officers have been on 12-hour shifts and increasing manpower by a third.
But the head of the department admits it hasn’t been enough to stop innocent people from being hurt or killed, including 7-year-old Amari Brown, who was killed just before midnight.
Police say his father, a documented gang member, was the intended target, and has a long rap sheet in Chicago.
McCarthy says he’s frustrated with what he feels are weak gun sentencing laws in Illinois. He said so far this year–there have been 12 people arrested with a gun in Chicago twice — many who are back on the street again.