CHICAGO — The Little Village Community Council is concerned about the number of unsolved homicides cases in its neighborhood and wants the FBI to step in and help.

The council held a press conference Wednesday morning with members of its committee Mothers and Families United for Justice to formally ask the Chicago Police Department to request help from federal law enforcement agencies.

In a press release the council stated “due to the incompetence, indifference, and overwhelming work the Chicago Police Department undergoes, the cases of our loved ones remained unsolved, some cases over 10 years… The community is trying to assist the Homicide department but they continuously keep ignoring victims, witnesses, and even evidence.”

Following the press conference the group stated they were heading into CPD’s Area 5 headquarters to meet with a lieutenant involved with homicide investigations and they hoped to get answers to their questions.

CPD released a statement to WGN on Thursday that states:

Our detectives work around the clock to seek justice for victims of senseless violence and their families. Homicide investigations are complex cases that require evidence such as witness corroboration and forensic evidence. Based on the circumstances of each specific case, investigations can be an extensive, lengthy process. Throughout the past few years, our Bureau of Detectives has implemented additional resources and practices to help strengthen these homicide cases and hold violent offenders accountable. This includes the creation of dedicated homicide teams within each of CPD’s five detective areas across the city. We have made significant investments in smart policing technology. Each of our detective areas has an Area Tech Center, which allows detectives to comb through surveillance footage more quickly and efficiently while working to identify homicide offenders. We also know how important it is to support the families of victims as they face the trauma of losing a loved one. We introduced Family Liaison Officers in each of CPD’s five detective areas who solely focus on supporting and advocating for the victims’ families. These officers also work alongside the detectives to ensure victims’ families are updated on the progress of the investigations. 
 We are continuously working to build trust with community members so that they feel comfortable and safe coming forward with information. Those who have information on a homicide are encouraged to submit an anonymous tip through CPD also established an anonymous homicide tip line (833-408-0069) to protect those who are providing information to help bring justice to victims and their families.