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63 Shot, 12 Dead in Chicago This Weekend, Mayor Says She Has ‘Great Concerns’ About Federal Help To Quell Violence

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With dozens of people shot and 12 killed, the city of Chicago saw another violent weekend — the totals included a mother’s third and last-living child, after the first two fell victim to Chicago violence in years previous.

Nine of those shot this past weekend were juveniles.

It is a staggering statistic, with 41 different shooting incidents occurring between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday. WGN reported that since Jan. 1, 203 children — 17 and under — have been shot in Chicago, with 35 of those children killed.

Patricia Pearson lost her third child this weekend, as reported by the Sun Times — her 12-year-old daughter was injured in a 1995 shooting and later died in a car accident, her 26-year-old son was killed in a 1999 shooting, and her last child, Venyon Fluckers, a father of three, was murdered this weekend.

“My heart is heavy. He was my last baby,” said Pearson, 67, to the Sun Times who hasn’t seen justice in her other children’s shootings. “This time I want to know what happened. And I’m trusting and believing and hoping police will do their job and find out.”

Despite the gruesome violence tearing apart Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is spending her time fretting over President Donald Trump’s proposal to send in federal help to ease the violence.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1284894845614600194?s=20

Instead of accepting the much needed help, the mayor said she has “great concerns” with regard to federal agents.

“We don’t need federal agents without any insignia taking people off the street and holding them I think unlawfully,” Lightfoot said to NBC5. “That’s not what we mean.”

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown felt differently about the federal assistance.

“We will take any and all help and we’ve made numerous requests for titularly in our efforts to address the mid level and upper level criminal networks, drug and gang networks and we have great relationships with our local federal partners and we hope to continue that to address some of the things that are happening,” Supt. David Brown said at a Monday press conference, adding that he doesn’t “do politics.”

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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