‘Don’t let killers back into the community’: Chicago’s top cop blames current wave of deadly gun violence on courts letting violent offenders out of jail too soon
- Police Commissioner David Brown blames recent spate of shootings on release of violent offenders
- Judges have released 90 murder suspects this year, claim Brown and Mayor Lori Lightfoot
- Chicago Chief Judge Timothy Evans says the freedmen were either first-time offenders or acted in self-defense
Chicago’s top prosecutor refocused on the city’s justice system, saying judges have released violent offenders onto the streets amid a spate of gun violence in the city during a news conference on Monday.
Police Commissioner David Brown said the city could not risk having violent criminals on the streets after last week’s chaos that left at least 12 dead and 70 injured in the Windy City.
“What else we can do is challenge the courts to make Chicago safe,” Brown said at the televised conference. “Keep offenders in prison longer, don’t release killers back into our community. That’s what we can do differently.’
Police Commissioner David Brown held a press conference on Monday and again blamed the courts for the recent spate of deadly shootings
Chicago police last week responded to two shootings within five minutes of each other that killed 12 people, including a 14-year-old boy.
Police said at least 70 people were injured in the incident over the past few weeks
Brown said he was referring to the fact that 90 people charged with murder have been released electronically by the city’s courts.
He’s been making similar claims all month.
He has provided few details about his claims.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has also pushed Brown’s claim, adding that the coronavirus shutdowns have impacted courtrooms.
The office of Chicago Chief Judge Timothy Evans said last month that the cases Brown referred to all involved first-time offenders or self-defense cases.
“Speculation based on isolated cases is not the same as reality based on a complete picture,” Evans said in a statement.
Evans also cited a 2020 Loyola University study that found that an increase in the number of people released from trial “was not associated with a significant change in new criminal activity, violent or otherwise, and was not associated with any change in crime rate in Chicago. after 2017′
WBEZ Chicago reported in May that Lightfoot’s office struggled to find examples of cases emphasizing the mayor and Brown’s point in a series of hacked emails.
The feuds come after a series of shootings continue to ravage Chicago.
Last week, a 14-year-old boy was killed and nine others injured in two separate shootings in the city’s North Lawndale neighborhood.
So far, there have been 1,802 shootings in 2021, which is a nine percent jump from last year around this time and a 60 percent spike from 2019, according to the latest crime statistics of the Chicago Police Department.
During the weekend of July 4 alone, 92 people were shot and killed in the city and 16 were killed. Last weekend 56 people were shot and 11 died.
In an effort to curb the record number of shootings, Brown announced Monday the launch of the city’s Gun Investigations Team.
According to Brown, a team of 50 agents was assembled on Sunday with the explicit mission of investigating the gun smugglers and buyers.
They will also be tasked with tracking down recovered weapons and infiltrating the illegal firearms pipeline.
Brown says Chicago police are on track to recover more than 12,000 illegal weapons this year. Authorities have so far recovered 6,600 weapons.
The new team was launched just days after Lightfoot announced a $1 million reward fund for information leading to the seizure of illegal firearms.
The fund was established to encourage citizens to report the presence of illegal weapons in their communities. Payouts will be provided to those who have tips leading to arrests and convictions.