CHICAGO — Chicago’s top cop spoke to the media Tuesday after a violent holiday weekend left over 100 people wounded in shootings and at least 16 dead.
Chicago police Supt David Brown addressed the media Tuesday morning and said the department did their part to prevent crime over the holiday weekend and said the legal system also needs to do their part.
“Strategy-wise, we did our part,” he said. “The outcome of a safer weekend is the criminal justice system, which includes the courts. If the courts are continuing to release the violent people we arrest, the outcome of our strategy is less effective. … We’re only one part of this formula for safety.”
Brown said there are too many illegal guns on the street and too little consequences for those who are arrested.
Brown said 244 guns were recovered. Eight-six arrests were made for illegal gun possession.
Brown said several officers were also injured over the weekend.
Some of those shot over the weekend were children, including a 15-year-old who was shot near the South Langley Avenue and East Marquette Road just before 6 p.m. on Monday.
Officials said the teen boy was on the sidewalk when a dark colored vehicle pulled up and someone fired shots from inside the car.
He was shot in the back and transported to Comer Children’s Hospital in critical condition. His family said he is going to be OK.
Later that same night, police said two more teens were shot near the corner of North Clarendon and West Montrose avenue around 8:30 p.m.
Police said the two were walking when someone fired shots, possibly from a vehicle.
A 16-year-old girl was grazed in the ankle. A 17-year-old boy was shot in the back, hip and leg. He was eventually transported to Weiss Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
After the violent weekend, many residents are left with questions.
“I don’t know why it’s like that in our community,” Breesha Williams, a Chicago resident, said. “When there’s a gathering, there’s a shooting. You can see people having a great time, and next thing you know, everyone is crying. “
Activist are calling for Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPD Supt. David Brown to resign from their positions and said city leaders don’t have a grasp on the violence.