* We’ve seen a lot of political/campaign reaction to the mass shootings in Chicago this past weekend. But I wanted to focus on the Chicago City Council Black Caucus’ press release yesterday that had their reaction. Here’s an excerpt…
We know that the public, particularly in the neighborhoods most directly afflicted, supports strong, coordinated and collaborative efforts between the Chicago Police Department, neighborhood organizations and congregations, and social services. We need to significantly increase investment in recreational programs and opportunities for our young people to be employed. We need means of intervention and interruption and de-escalation of conflicts between groups of young people. The organizations which do gang-intervention work and help young people to walk away from violence need increased support and funding in order to do the work that can help stem the warfare.
We call upon the Mayor and our colleagues in the City Council to take immediate action to release emergency funds and make sure that the police, the violence interrupters, the social workers and the health care workers have every resource to increase the peace and stop the carnage on our streets. Let’s treat this emergency which is taking the lives of our people, with the same urgency as we would a hurricane or an earthquake.
*** UPDATE *** Greg Hinz interviewed a couple of BC members…
What the city most needs to do is ramp up its closure rates on crimes and shootings for which no one has been arrested, Dowell continued.
“The criminals are emboldened. They don’t think they’ll get caught.” The answer likely includes more police detectives, Dowell said, but also requires more cooperation by community members with police.
Sawyer, who hopes to hold a caucus meeting later this week to come up with a specific plan, underlined Dowell’s point about “solving the crimes that already are on the books.”
In many cases, “People know who did these shootings. But no one wants to police what’s going on,” for reasons including distrust and fear of gang retaliation,” Sawyer said. “Investment always is important. But if you don’t solve the crime, it won’t work.”