Advocates believe the city is primed for a more effective approach to shootings. Now, they are waiting to see whether the new administration will deliver.
Most Shooters Go Free in Chicago’s Most Violent Neighborhoods — While Police Make Non-Stop Drug Arrests
An analysis of city data finds disparities in how the police pursue criminal offenses between white and non-white neighborhoods. “They’ll get a person for marijuana before they’ll get a person for murder.”
“The need for protection still exists, whether you can legally carry or not,” says one expert.
“We know that wherever there is homelessness and housing insecurity, there is violence. So I think anybody who is concerned about crime in a city like Chicago should look at homelessness as a contributing factor.”
The city has made strides in treating the invisible scars that shootings leave, but big shortfalls remain. “While Chicago may be doing pretty well, it’s relative to a nation that isn’t adequately addressing the mental health of children.”
A unique support group offers a space for families to lean on each other and advocate for more rehabilitation. “One mistake or going along with the wrong group … doesn’t mean that you are a terrible person or that you can’t change.”
A coalition of more than two dozen community groups asked the city to earmark $50 million for gun violence prevention. Lori Lightfoot's proposal calls for far less.
A bullet wound in Queens is more likely to be fatal than anywhere else in the city. A single trauma center serves the borough’s southern reaches, and it’s struggling to keep up.
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Some activists remain skeptical the money will actually come through.
The city is investing millions in beautifying the public spaces where shootings are most likely to occur.
In a city where safety is not equally felt, GoodKids MadCity is creating a space for young people “to feel free,” and refusing to wait for grownups to act.