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The only thing that can save Chicago’s high-crime areas is a wholesale change of leadership

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The only thing that can save Chicagos high-crime areas is a wholesale change of leadership

Oftentimes the solution to a problem is to wipe the slate clean and start over. That seems to be the case in gang-infested regions of Chicago where gun violence erupted last weekend. The result was 72 people shot, at least a dozen fatally, and zero arrests as of Wednesday with the 72-hour window of highest opportunity to catch the criminals has closed.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his office have failed from the start. They’ve tried different tactics, new police chiefs, getting tough, getting nice, and everything in between. Their failures have been well-documented for years but this weekend’s explosion of violence punctuates the need for a wholesale change.

There are other solutions proposed by other journalists and some should be noted:

Why Chicago can’t get a handle on deadly shootings

https://nypost.com/2018/08/08/why-chicago-cant-get-a-handle-on-deadly-shootings/In other words, there were six “mass shootings,” according to the increasingly common definition of that term, in Chicago in just three days. The Windy City’s weekend violence has not received anywhere near the level of national attention that would have been generated had those “mass shootings” occurred at suburban high schools, malls or movie theaters.

Calls for stricter gun-control laws follow every high-profile mass shooting; the weekend’s carnage in Chicago prompted similar demands from civic leaders and pundits. Yet the city has strict gun laws, and even when police enforce those laws diligently, the city’s liberal anti-gun caucus doesn’t always back them up.

Homicides: Why Chicago residents don’t help police solve shootings

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/08/07/chicago-gun-violence-homicide-clearance/925630002/At the hospital, police asked Young, 23, to tell them who shot him, but he said he declined to name the assailant. Weeks after the April incident, Young — who has a long arrest record and a felony conviction for drug possession — was charged for illegal possession of a firearm, when police said they caught him on the street with a weapon.

Young’s no-snitching outlook sheds light on the complicated dynamic in Chicago’s neighborhoods plagued by persistent gun violence, one in which few residents are willing to assist police and even fewer perpetrators are held accountable.

Chicago police solve one in every 20 shootings. Here are some reasons why that’s so low.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-chicago-violence-clearance-rate-20180807-story.htmlAt the news conference Monday, Johnson acknowledged that the department has trust issues to overcome in neighborhoods hit hardest by violence.

A report by the U.S. Department of Justice early last year found that police officers had routinely engaged in widespread civil-rights violations, particularly in the African-American community, and acknowledged that resentment had built up for decades.

More Chicago officers deployed to areas affected by…

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6037303/More-Chicago-officers-deployed-areas-affected-violence.htmlHundreds of additional police officers are being deployed to Chicago city neighborhoods where 12 people were killed and dozens more were injured in a weekend of violence and gunfire.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said 400 additional officers are already patrolling areas on the West and South Sides where more than 70 shootings occurred. Another 200 will be added by the coming weekend.

While all of these analyses have some points of merit, nobody’s pointing to the obvious solution. Emanuel and his staff need to go. Whether the violence is their fault or not is debatable, but what’s not debatable is they’ve completely failed to contain it. Perhaps this violence would be happening regardless of who’s in the mayor’s mansion, but one thing is certain: as long as Emanuel is there, the violence will continue.

Chicago needs a tough mayor, one who is willing to dismiss his or her own political capital in order to get the job done. That means doing what may be political suicide but that makes the streets of Chicago safer for everyone. As crazy as it sounds, Chicago needs someone other than a bleeding-heart liberal to get back on track.

It’s time for Emanuel to step down or get evicted. His failures are clear. His incompetence is glaring. Chicago is becoming unlivable. As one of America’s greatest cities, it cannot be allowed to crumble the way it’s been doing for years. They need a change.


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