Chicago aka “Chi-Raq” Hits 500th Homicide Of 2016 Over Labor Day Weekend

Chicago’s 500th homicide of the year happened over Labor Day weekend, according to the Chicago Tribune.

That number carries a lot of weight for the city — not just in quantity, but in meaning: 2016 is now the deadliest year in two decades.

CHICAGO VS. OTHER CITIES

When you compare Chicago’s homicide rate to that of other big cities in the country — New York and Los Angeles, for example — it tops the list.

But Chicago is not the homicide capital of the United States.

New Orleans, St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore and Newark all have higher rates when you drill down the data per capita.

However, this doesn’t tell the entire story of Chicago’s bloodshed. There’s another statistic that points to a disturbing trend the city is facing: a surge.

WHAT 500 MEANS

In the early 2000s, the homicide rate in Chicago held steady, but it began an upward tick in 2014 and has been increasing ever since.

But 2016 is the deadliest year in two decades when it comes to homicide rates.

Chicago hit 500 homicides before the end of the summer. In 2015, the city had 480 homicides total.

The day-to-day breakdown of those figures is alarming. For example, there were 12 murders on Father’s Day weekend alone. The youngest victim was just 16.

THE GUN PROBLEM

A lot of the homicides in Chicago are gun-related. There are nearly 82 shootings per week. In just one weekend in August, there were eight gun-related homicides and 64 non-fatal shootings.

Chicago has strict gun laws, which is why many gun rights advocates point to it as evidence that tighter regulation doesn’t equal less crime. But Chicago’s gun violence problem is more complicated. Sixty percent of the guns used in shootings were purchased out of state.

Illinois governor Bruce Rauner recently signed a new gun control law that imposes harsher penalties on those who bring in guns from out of state to sell and do not have gun-owner ID cards.

WHO’S TO BLAME?

There’s a deeply rooted distrust of Chicago’s police force.

The city’s police department has been under review for months in the wake of high-profile officer-involved shootings, including that of Laquan McDonald.

That independent task force has accused the police of institutional racism, saying they “have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color.”

But the other side of this battle is the street crime in Chicago, which has led to the killing of innocent bystanders and kept residents shut inside their homes out of fear.

Englewood resident Stephanie Armas, 43, said she taught her kids from a very young age what to do when they hear gunshots.

“If you live in a society where (your children) have to learn to duck and dodge bullets, you have to teach them how to duck a dodge bullets,” Armas said on September 1. “That’s all you can do.”

Some Chicagoans partly blame the violence on economic struggles and lack of jobs. However, Chicago’s unemployment rate fell from 6.1% in 2015 to 5.5% in 2016.

THE PEOPLE

We often point to Chicago’s alarming homicide numbers, but the real tragedy in this city are the victims and the families left behind.

They are the ones who face this violence every day, the ones who stand over gravestones, the ones who’ve lost hundreds of sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, mothers and fathers.

Originally posted on FOX 5 San Diego.

Rapper King Louie Appears On CNN To Discuss Violence In Chicago 

 

Chicago rapper, King Louie following gun shot to the head. Advocate Christ Medical Center / Oak Lawn

 
Just days after being shot in the head, King Louie joined Don Lemon on CNN to talk about the attempt on his life and gun violence in Chicago. Louie revealed that that the car he was riding in was shot at 22 times and he was hit seven times. There are three slugs still in his body–including one in his head.

During the interview, King L claimed that there is an evil working in Chicago and called for people to pray for the city in an effort to end the senseless violence that has overtaken parts of the Midwest metropolis.

“The Devil’s working overtime, that’s what’s going on in Chicago,” he said. “There’s hope for Chicago. I don’t think I would be here today without prayer…We gotta be strong and pray for our city and the right people just gotta do the right things.”

According to the Sun-Times, the 28-year-old was shot in the Ashburn neighborhood on the Southwest Side of Chicago. He was reportedly taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

The rapper had a busy 2015, releasing the Drilluminati 3: God of Drill and 6 God Tony mixtapes. King Louie, who scored a Grammy nomination thanks to his work on Kanye West’s song “New Slaves,” spoke to XXL in February about his new music and the influence the Windy City has had on the rest of the country.

“We’re known for success and more success than negativity,” he said. “The media try to tell you about all the negative stuff that’s going on in the city but there’s alot of great and successful things going on. A lot of the younger youth in Chicago being successful in the music and in any art. So I feel good as a native of Chicago. My city influenced the country.”


Source:  XXL