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No One in Custody Over Chicago's Weekend Shootings, 12 Murders

August 08, 2018  | 

After 74 people were shot over one of the city’s most violent weekends in more than two years, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Eddie Johnson pleaded with the community to come forward with information to hold people accountable for the carnage, including 12 fatalities.

“You all know who these individuals are,” a frustrated Johnson said at one point.

But the fear and discomfort in reporting on neighbors is real. And the police are not trusted by many people in the affected communities.

“I think it is disheartening that we are at Tuesday after the weekend we had without anyone being charged,” Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx told the Tribune in a phone interview. “The feeling that people can do this with impunity makes the work that much more difficult.”

On Tuesday, the Police Department refused to release current data on how many homicides and shootings it solves — known as clearance rates — telling the Tribune to file a Freedom of Information Act request.

Detective division sources interviewed Tuesday by the Tribune said they absolutely need community help to solve shootings and homicides. They were also sensitive to fears that residents have of cooperating with police.

“It’s understandable,” said one of the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he didn’t have the department’s permission to speak. “It’s a dangerous thing to be a murder witness in the neighborhood where the murders are taking place.”

Comments (4)

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kevcopaz @ 8/8/2018 5:34 PM

The inmates are running the asylum in Chicago. This has been a long time coming. The lack of political will to do the right thing and damn the politics, the lack of support for the police when they do the right thing and the lack of control of bad cops historically. The citizens are to blame themselves, they vote the politicians in that are ineffective, they raise these gang bangers (and they are the problem) and interfere with the police when they are doing thier job. These "citizens" have raised these animals and live with them and do not cooperate with the police. How are the police sup[ossed to solve anything without witnesses and people who will step up. Sorry top say it, the good people are to blame as much as the bad, step up and fight this or give in. I think both the police and the citizens have decided to give in. Ashamed such a good city went the way of every other Democratic party run city in the USA, this is the result of electing Dems.

Tom ret @ 8/8/2018 7:44 PM

The democrats who run Chicago have created an atmosphere where the cops know they are cutting their own throat if they are pro active. Now the city laments because they have so much crime. The citizens keep electing these idiots so in all fairness the citizens and liberal leadership made their bed, now they can lie in it.

Tom ret @ 8/8/2018 7:46 PM

There are no reasons to be pro active and many reasons to not be in Chicago.

David R McConnaughey @ 8/9/2018 6:46 AM

Chicagoans have made their bed and they can lay in it. No sympathy. STOP VOTING FOR LIBERALS YOU MORONS!

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