Chicago violence: Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city is on right track fighting crime

Chicago violence: Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city is on right track fighting crime

CHICAGO (TOC) — Public security is a prime concern for a lot of residents in Chicago, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot mentioned she believes the town is making progress tackling crime.

She credit the deal with weapons, gangs and funding in a number of the metropolis’s most violent neighborhoods for the decline in shootings and homicides.

“Our data-driven technique acknowledges that that is the place we have to put the lion’s share of our investments, our time, our schooling, our outreach,” she mentioned.

Though homicides and shootings are down from historic highs final 12 months, general crime remains to be up.

“The largest problem I believe that we face is we have got to guarantee that these younger folks put down the weapons, and we have got to make extra progress on carjackings,” she mentioned.

By way of July of this 12 months, officers have taken practically 7,400 weapons off the streets and responded to about 1,000 carjackings, based on Chicago Police Division knowledge.

Even neighborhoods seen as historically secure have seen an increase in crime. Crime downtown has scared off some residents, vacationers and even corporations.

“We have got to deal with these numbers that we have seen tip up that I am not proud of and are not acceptable,” Lightfoot mentioned.

However she pushes again on the notion that downtown is unsafe.

Reactions amongst residents are combined on the mayor’s job efficiency on crime.

Some argue crime has been an issue within the metropolis for many years and it will not be mounted in a single day.

“It has been right here. It’s simply getting (worse) and (worse) by the day so an individual can solely achieve this a lot,” mentioned Chicago resident Sharon Mack.

Pastor Donovan Worth, who typically works with victims of gun violence and their households, believes the mayor may do rather more.

He needs Lightfoot to spend time speaking with residents in excessive crime neighborhoods about what they’re going through and their wants.

“There’s an outdated adage that it isn’t how a lot work you do, it’s how a lot work your boss sees you making an attempt to do. So we’re her boss,” Worth mentioned.

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