Chicago is experiencing a surge in violence not seen since the early 1990s,
Chicago is experiencing a surge in violence not seen since the early 1990s, a grim development that many observers have attributed to a softening of police vigilance in the wake of a video released in November that shows a white city cop shooting a black teenager 16 times.
Rank and file officers are demoralized, according to media reports, and are policing less aggressively than before. The number of street stops has fallen sharply in recent months, even as the number of shooting deaths in the city has spiked.
But at least one measure of police assertiveness — often touted by the Chicago Police Department itself as evidence of a robust law enforcement response to the epidemic of gun violence — has remained constant. In the first three months of the year, through the end of March, police confiscated 1,100 firearms, according to monthly seizure numbers provided by the Chicago police research division in response to a public records request from The Trace. By comparison, officers seized 1,112 guns in the first three months of last year — a mere 12-gun difference. Continue Reading
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