September 17, 2018

USA: In Strict Gun-Control Chicago 75 People Were Shot In The City Over First Weekend And 60 People Were Shot Third Weekend Of August. But Go Ahead, Keep Flashing Those Anti-Police Nike Shirts.

Fox32 News, Chicago local
written by Mike Flannery
Monday September 10, 2018

New progress for police following one of the year's bloodiest weekends. It happened last month when 75 people were shot and 12 of them died.

While none of the killers have been caught, Chicago police have made a second arrest.

Antonio Macedo's been arrested for attempted murder, becoming only the second person to face charges in connection with Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year. Police say one key was the cooperation of his victim, who was struck by two bullets but survived. Tribune reporters have been following up on that weekend.

Hundreds of victims do not cooperate with police. Some fear further violence. Others, having watched vicious killers go free before, do not believe the criminal justice system will punish the one who shot them, as the mayor told FOX 32 last week.

People don't have faith judges are going to hold criminals accountable. So they take the law into their own hands. It's also a gulf of trust. Part of them not working with the police -- not the whole story -- is that they don't think that criminal is going to be held accountable for that act of violence or crime,” said Mayor Emanuel.

The Washington Post recently ranked Chicago dead last among 50 cities for solving homicides. Chicago police typically "clear" only about 5% to 10% of non-fatal shootings.

The dysfunction extends to the Illinois State Police Crime Lab, crippled by years of staff cuts. Chicago detectives complain it can take nearly a year to get DNA test results. Lab supervisors say that, in a special case, they will provide results in a few days.

A police spokesman tweeted this past weekend's anti-violence efforts: 55 illegal guns seized; 24 charged; 3 fewer shooting victims than the previous weekend; and 3 fewer homicides.

As for the 12 homicides on that bloody weekend last month? Police report no arrests, meaning those killers are literally getting away with murder.
Chicago Tribune
written by Editorial Board
Tuesday September 11, 2018

Scenes from Chicago, that notorious first weekend in August, when 75 people were shot, 12 of them fatally:

A 17-year-old boy is shot and killed while riding his bicycle in the Gresham neighborhood. The gunman gets away.

A 19-year-old man walking in Brighton Park is shot in the arm; he tries escaping into a laundromat, but a panicked employee locks the door, forcing the wounded man to run off. The shooter gets away.

Two men exit a vehicle at a Lawndale block party and open fire at a crowd of people, hitting a 13-year-old boy, two other teens and a 25-year-old man. The gunmen get away.

Aim, fire, flee. Or maybe not aim — just spray and go, leaving behind a scene of carnage, terrified residents and another crime for police to solve. That’s Chicago-style gun violence.

Think about the impact on your life and family if any of these incidents happened on the block where you live and no prompt arrests were made. Beyond the shock of exposure to violence, you’d fear for your safety because the perpetrator is still out there … somewhere. Will there be more random shootings? A targeted retaliation? Is your police department up to the job of crime-solving? Thousands of Chicagoans routinely have to ask those questions, knowing there are no certain answers.

Gun violence is a disaster for Chicago neighborhoods, but what aggravates it is the high percentage of such crimes that aren’t solved. Many shootings are gang-related, which are challenging for police to investigate. A wounded gang member may be an uncooperative victim, preferring to seek justice on the streets instead of in court. Witnesses who live amid the bloodshed may fear gang retribution if they help police. A bigger issue: A community member with knowledge of an incident may decide not to cooperate with police because he or she doesn’t trust them.

That’s all important background information, not an excuse. The Chicago Police Department struggles to crack violent crime cases. Chicago’s crime-solving rate — known as the clearance rate — for homicides is appallingly low: about 17 percent last year. The clearance rate for shootings is even lower. It has dropped from 11 percent in 2010 to 5 percent in 2016, according to a University of Chicago analysis. This is a scandal. When the bad guys recognize how easy it is to get away with murder, they feel emboldened.

Tribune reporters are examining the first weekend of August, when so many people were wounded and killed. The goal is to better understand criminal and policing patterns in order to seek explanations for the low clearance rate. This week the Tribune’s Jeremy Gorner and Annie Sweeney reported that so far, two people have arrested and charged with firing a gun in any of these 75 shootings. Just two.

One reason gang shootings are tough to crack is they often are sneak attacks: A shooter emerges from the shadows or fires from a moving car and disappears in a flash. In one of two cases that yielded an arrest, CPD used technology to catch a glimpse of the perpetrator. ShotSpotter acoustic sensors located the gunfire, allowing officers and analysts at the local district office to point video cameras in the direction of a fleeing car. Police made an arrest but couldn’t charge the suspect with attempted murder because the victim refused to testify. So authorities filed lesser charges including aggravated discharge of a firearm, being an armed habitual criminal and unlawful use of a weapon.

Another challenge for police is their strained relations with residents. CPD has a long record of officers abusing their authority and misusing force, especially in minority neighborhoods. The murder trial of Officer Jason Van Dyke, accused of shooting black teen Laquan McDonald 16 times, is Exhibit A. If people don’t trust the police, they won’t tip them off to what’s happening in the neighborhood.

Chicago has a crisis of gangs and guns. There’s no easy cure, but crime is certain to fester — and law-abiding residents will suffer — until more offenders are caught and convicted of violent crimes.

CBS News streamed live on Aug 6, 2018: At least 34 people were shot across Chicago over a 24-hour period beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, police said Sunday. Eleven of those shot in the flurry of violence were killed, and the others were hospitalized with injuries. Overall, police say at least 57 people were shot since Friday evening during one of the most violent weekends on record.

In a press conference Sunday afternoon, Police Chief Fred Waller said some of the shootings were targeted attacks resulting from gang violence in the area. He said several of the incidents involved gunmen firing into crowds.
Independent, UK
written by Chris Riotta, New York
Monday August 6, 2018

Chicago officials called on community members to hold shooters and gangs responsible after a violent weekend left at least 12 dead in shootings across the city.

Rahm Emanuel, the embattled Democratic mayor who faces demands to resign over continued citywide gun violence, turned the blame onto criminals and repeat offenders during a Monday press conference.

"Somebody knows who did it," the mayor said after at least 66 people were shot since Friday. "These individuals out here in the street need to stop pulling the trigger … where is the accountability for them?"

Mr Emanuel was joined by Eddie Johnson, the city’s police superintendent who has also faced criticism from activist groups over his handling of ongoing gun violence.

The conference became particularly tense at one point when a former shooter and reformed criminal activist confronted the superintendent over a lack of public safety measures that have been implemented in cities that have drastically reduced gun violence, like New York.

The superintendent defended the work of Chicago’s police department while acknowledging it "could be doing better".

"The police department isn’t here to raise children," he said. "It’s not about what the police department should do, it’s about what you should do.”

Mr Johnson called on gang members and shooters to inform police about who was potentially responsible for several seemingly targeted shootings, saying "Get your buddies to put down the guns."

At least 46 people have been arrested on gun charged in the wake of one of the most violent weekends in recent Chicago history, officials said.

Overall, gun violence across the city has been reduced throughout the year, with a 15-month consecutive decline reported in June. Last month's figures have not yet been reported.

Still, crime and gun violence remain prevalent in many regions across Chicago — specifically in four districts, where communities have started blaming Mr Emanuel and his aides for failing to resolve systemic problems.

The mayor echoed the police superintendent on Monday, claiming "there is a shortage of values about what is right, what is wrong" after the spasm of citywide violence.

"We as a city in every corner have an accountability and responsibility. If you know who did this, be a neighbour," he continued. "Speak up."

CBS News streamed live on Aug 20, 2018: At least 60 people were shot this weekend in Chicago — eight were killed, 53 wounded. Chicago PD address another weekend of violence.

Sixty-one people were shot in Chicago over the weekend, eight of them fatally, including two missing teenage boys found dead in a field late Sunday night. The bloodshed made for the second most violent weekend of the year in Chicago, and the second weekend this month at least 60 people were shot.

The bloody weekend comes two weeks after the most violent weekend of the year in Chicago, when 66 people were shot on the first weekend of August, 12 of them fatally. That weekend’s shootings prompted the Chicago Police Department to deploy hundreds of extra officers to five of the districts hardest hit by gun violence.
Chicago Sun Times
written by Nader Issa
Saturday August 4, 2018

A South Side man has been charged with shooting a 3-year-old girl and her father as they ran away from him last week in Back of the Yards.

Cook County Judge David R. Navarro denied bail Saturday for 25-year-old Cornelius D. Mossette, charged with four felonies in the July 25 shooting that wounded the man and his daughter.

About 2:40 p.m. that day, the man and girl were walking on a sidewalk in the 1900 block of West 48th Street, where Mossette pulled up about 10 feet behind them in a car, rolled down his window and started talking to them, prosecutors said Saturday at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.

Mossette pulled out a handgun and pointed it out the window, prompting the 34-year-old man to run away with his daughter, according to prosecutors.

Mossette fired at them, striking the girl once in each leg and the man once in the right foot, prosecutors said. Both were treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center.
Cornelius Mossette | Chicago Police

Officers found seven 9mm shell casings at the scene, and surveillance video from a nearby police camera showed the girl crumpled on the ground after the shooting, prosecutors said.

Chicago police arrested Mossette one week later in Park Manor, where he was stopped in the back seat of the same car used in the shooting, prosecutors said. The man wounded in the attack identified Mossette as the shooter in a photo array, authorities said.

Mossette, of Chatham, was charged with two counts each of aggravated battery with a firearm and attempted first-degree murder, court documents show. Prosecutors said Mossette was on parole at the time of the shooting for a 2012 residential burglary conviction, for which he was sentenced to eight years. That conviction was his second for the same charge in two years.

Mossette will remain jailed until his next court appearance on Wednesday.

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