CHICAGO (AP) — After an especially bloody weekend in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's police commanders said Tuesday they have a new plan for combating street violence that includes going after liquor and convenience stores used by gang members as hangouts.
Emanuel, acknowledging the city's "unique gang problem," said the plan would merge the efforts of police and other agencies into a single front, focusing on businesses he called a "cancer" in troubled neighborhoods for their links to gang activity and other crime.
"Whether you are a problem business, a violent street corner, or a known drug market, we will go after you," Emanuel said, following a four-day holiday weekend that saw more than 40 shootings and 10 homicides.
It won't be an easy fight. Police blame much of the violence on the city's more than 70 active gangs and their tens of thousands of members. Homicides — nearly all of them shootings — spiked by 60 percent during the first three months of this year to 120, despite an increase in police resources in some of the city's most dangerous neighborhoods.
Another shooting early Tuesday killed a 14-year-old boy who was eating pizza with his sister in the Uptown neighborhood, in northern Chicago. A man fired shots into the pizzeria from the sidewalk, striking the teen in the head.
Among those killed during the Memorial Day holiday weekend was a 33-year-old man who was shot near a holiday party late Monday in the South Shore neighborhood, in southern Chicago. Police said neighbors reported hearing a loud argument just before shots were fired and partygoers ran from the scene.
Last year, four people were killed during the Memorial Day weekend — but bad storms that year forced many people to stay home. This year the city experienced record temperatures that peaked in the mid-90s.
Speaking at a press conference Tuesday alongside Emanuel, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy asked for patience.
"What it is, is a new solution that we're applying to it. And it's not going to happen overnight. It's a process that we have to move forward with," McCarthy said.
He said some of the new efforts are paying off, including so-called "gang audits," which involve special units sharing intelligence on gangs with beat officers. McCarthy said shootings have decreased 7 percent since that program began in March.
Since April, four problem liquor stores have been shut down and another 15 businesses have been referred for disciplinary action, Emanuel's office said. A total of 30 businesses are a watch list.
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2. HAPPY CHILDREN=QUALITY PARENTING. We don't always see eye to eye on everything and that's normal. We're human beings. But we come together and do it right for what's important, the kids. We are not enemies, we are parents. And we are parents 1st. S/O to @monyettashaw for making Mason's bday memorable. S/O to @itscrystalsmith at home taking care of our other lil' Prince. ❤️❤️❤️ THIS IS WHAT CO-PARENTING LOOKS LIKE. #Blessed #Happy #AboveTheDrama #BiggerThanUs
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3. So happy to finally be able to share with you all that I’m the new Global Brand Ambassador for @Revlon! Follow my day on RevlonSnaps. Yay! Choose Love, Everybody! #RevlonXCiara #chooselove #ad
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7. Today was not easy..but by the grace of God we all got through it. Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your Prayers, Positive thoughts and Support for us throughout the years. Tommy will be missed but most certainly never forgotten...And PLEASE don't ask "Where's Martin?.." he was there too...just not in this picture. Lol! God bless you all.. #LoveConquersAll #MartinShow
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13. Damn girl you kinda old to be headed to the Go Go. You coming in at the age they leaving. LMAO
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14. Daddy daycare B-Boxin with @acewellstucker @shopraisingace
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16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST LEGENDS IN OUR HIPHOP HISTORY! @snoopdogg CONTINUED BLESSING AND LOVE FAMILY!!!!! REAL OG!
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17. Thank you for a beautiful night VSU! Let's do it again! #HOMECOMING
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18. Had a great time this morning with my familia Erica, Griff & Truth!!
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28. Sunday mornings are the best........... hugs and cuddles with my angel
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31. Nothing I would rather be doing... Rocko setting up our movie, Romelō working on a puzzle & Laiyah singing and sharing all she's learning at school... I'm so grateful for the joy they've brought into my life ... Praying for peace , joy & love in the home of EVERY family ♥️ #HeadScarfPJSunday LOL 😂
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