CHICAGO (TOC) — ABC 7 CHICAGO takes an in-depth have a look at gun violence in Chicago and its suburbs, the toll it takes on people and communities, and what could be accomplished to forestall the heartbreaking recurrence of accidents and fatalities that threaten the well-being of our residents with the two-part particular “OUR CHICAGO: STOP THE VIOLENCE.” Val Warner and Ryan Chiaverini will host half 1 on Friday, Aug. 5, at 11:30 a.m. and half 2 at 6:30 p.m. ABC 7’s Evelyn Holmes, who typically experiences on the victims of gun fatalities and their grieving households, shares her perspective partly two of this particular program. Additionally, on Friday, Aug. 5, ABC 7 Eyewitness Information will cowl gun violence-related matters with tales all through the day on its linear and digital platforms, that includes particular experiences by ABC 7’s I-Staff investigative reporter Chuck Goudie and reporter Leah Hope.
The specials will even completely stream dwell On ABC 7’s Linked TV Apps on Amazon Hearth TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.
In “OUR CHICAGO: Cease the Violence, Half 1,” hosts Warner and Chiaverini look at the omnipresent actuality of gun violence in Chicago and its suburbs, trying on the traumatic impact on those that have skilled it firsthand. These eternally modified by gun violence share their tales and provide perception on the therapeutic course of, together with Chicago moms who’ve handled the ache of dropping a toddler and residents of Highland Park who’re nonetheless dealing with the mass taking pictures aftershock. Highland Park resident Liz Turnipseed, who was shot on the Highland Park Fourth of July Parade, and Brad Hokin, who ran to the scene to supply help, share their experiences. Lilia Daniels, a Highland Park small enterprise proprietor, urges individuals to not let this occasion outline their metropolis. Neighborhood leaders working to sort out the issue additionally be a part of the dialog. Illinois State Consultant Bob Morgan and Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering talk about what could be accomplished shifting ahead, together with the necessity to take away fight weapons from civilian palms.
As well as, Ujimaa Medics, a bunch that teaches first response for gunshot wounds, talks about their work instructing others how to answer violence.
Panelists embody the next:
-Angela Gregg, whose 4-year-old son was killed by a stray bullet, wonders concerning the disparity in information protection in comparison with the Highland Park taking pictures
-Elizabeth Ramirez, co-founder of Dad and mom for Peace and Justice, a non-profit serving to dad and mom who’ve misplaced youngsters to gun violence and advocate for solutions in unsolved instances
Partly 2 of this particular, the I-Staff’s Chuck Goudie explores the query: Is Chicago as violent as some say? The I-Staff appears to be like at information to investigate Chicago’s fame as some of the violent cities within the nation.
A dialog with key neighborhood panelists will give attention to a number of different essential questions surrounding gun violence to try to pinpoint options, akin to will extra policing assist, how can we preserve weapons out of the incorrect palms, and will there be a ban on assault rifles, amongst others.
Panelists embody the next:
-Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, who’s accountable for essential features akin to planning and implementing the neighborhood policing technique
-Evelyn Holmes, ABC 7 reporter and Chicago native, covers the tragic penalties of gun violence in her position as a reporter for the station
-Chris Harris, pastor of Vibrant Star Church within the Bronzeville neighborhood and founding father of a non-profit that focuses on 5 particular anti-violence measures to assist households and youth
-Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor at St. Sabina Church, Chicago’s largest African American Catholic Church, anti-violence advocate and creator of BRAVE, a church youth group dedicated to violence intervention
-Felicia Ballard, a Chicago native and younger mom who misplaced each her father and fiancé to gun violence
-Kathryn Bocanegra, PhD, assistant professor on the Jane Addams Faculty of Social Work on the College of Illinois at Chicago, talks about psychological well being and violence prevention
The next information tales will even be coated on ABC 7’s linear and digital platforms.
Chuck Goudie and the ABC 7 I-Staff speak to regulation enforcement concerning the looming risk of lone wolf shooters, social media crimson flags in connection to mass taking pictures suspects and what, if any, duty social media firms have in eradicating posts. The I-Staff additionally dissects the truths and myths concerning the AR-15, a semi-automatic weapon. Goudie visits a taking pictures vary to handle the firepower and velocity of bullets fired from this AR-15 and particulars the harm they’ll do compared to different weapons.
Leah Hope will sit down with three native religion leaders – Rabbi Ike Serotta of Makom Solel Lakeside Synagogue, Rev. Ira Acree of Better St. John Bible Church within the Austin neighborhood and Pastor Quincy Worthington of Highland Park Presbyterian Church – to supply their perception on gun violence and options. Video from the prayer vigil held by the Leaders Community of religion leaders within the wake of the mass taking pictures on July 4 is featured. Members of the Leaders Community additionally replicate on their visits to cities affected by gun violence in an effort to supply assist.
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