Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown held a press conference Monday to discuss recent crime rates. Murder and gun violence particularly are on the rise compared to last year, but on a downward trend from month to month.
Brown reported that murders are already up 5% from last year and shootings have increased by 17%. January saw the biggest increase with 34% more murders and 46% more shootings. May saw the smallest increase with only 13% increase in murders and 20% increase in shootings. “It’s nothing to celebrate,” Brown said, “but form a macro perspective it’s a downward trend.” Yet, even though May saw the fewest shootings this year, Memorial day weekend in particular saw a significant increase from 2020.
But Chicago police have also confiscated over 5,000 guns this year already. According to the superintendent, that means they’re projected to confiscate more than the 11,000 guns they recovered last year.
“Every gun recovered is a potential deadly force encounter and arguably, a potential for reducing violence,” Brown said. “The other part of the formula is a consequence in the court system.”
During the question and answer portion, the police department also released an update on the 11-year-old girl who was shot Sunday night, saying she is in stable condition. She’s from out of town and caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting.
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Darrell Brooks found guilty on 76 charges in Waukesha Christmas Parade murders
Six people died and at least another 61 people were injured when a red Ford Escape SUV driven by Darrell Brooks drove through a holiday parade on November 21, 2021. Almost a year later, after a long and intense dramatic legal battle, Brooks has been found guilty.
40 year old Brooks defended himself in court after killing his victims who ranged in age from 8 to 81. It took Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow about 25 minutes to read the guilty verdicts on all 76 charges.
Brooks’ case garnered national media attention in part due to the liberal policies which allowed him to walk the streets and commit this crime. Brooks had been freed previously on a mere $1,000 bail from an earlier case in Milwaukee County. A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis found that bail to be considerably lower than the average of similar open cases. He also had been assessed as a high risk for release. Nonetheless, he was released on the streets only to commit murder not long after.
City of Waukesha officials welcomed the trial’s end. “I am thankful that the jury found the defendant guilty on all counts,” said Mayor Shawn Reilly. “We can now re-focus on taking steps forward as a community and continue the healing process.”
“The victims’ families as well as our first responders continue to deal with the lasting effects of the horrors of that day,” said Police Chief Dan Thompson. ” We are grateful for the support that has come from all over the world, and we ask you to continue to keep all those involved in your prayers.”
A statement from the city read, in part, “As a community, we still have a long road ahead filled with difficult days. This will be especially true as we approach the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. However, as we have experienced the past year, we know that when we stand together, we remain Waukesha Strong.”
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