The Chicago homicide rates are seeing a dramatic increase in the first seven months of 2020. Particularly in July, the rates jumped 139%.
On Saturday, new data released showed 440 homicides in Chicago between January and the end of June, Fox News reports. This marks a 52% increase from the same time period last year, which saw 290 homicides. Furthermore, shooting victims increased by 51 percent, from 1,480 to 2,240.
Last month was an especially violent one for Chicago. The city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings. On Friday, a 9-year-old boy was killed when someone opened fire towards a group of people including the child and his friends. Earlier in the week, a gunman shot three Chicago law enforcement officers outside a police station.
Chicago is one of several big cities seeing a spike in crime. Public data shows Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland, and Seattle all seeing spikes in murders and shootings. In the midst of the George Floyd protests and coronavirus pandemic, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says, “I think it’s just a perfect storm of distress in America.”
Chicago Homicide Rate: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Weighs In
The Chicago homicide rates surging prompted President Donald Trump to send in federal officers to help. At the end of July, the President took to Twitter to criticize Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot for not accepting the help.
Mayor Lightfoot then addressed the situation on Twitter. “Under no circumstances will I allow Donald Trump’s troops to come to Chicago and terrorize our residents,” Lightfoot tweeted.
Mayor Lightfoot then tweeted about the number of firearms in Chicago. “Too many guns are on our streets and in the hands of people who should never possess them,” Lightfoot wrote. “These individuals will be held accountable. I ask that anyone with information on this incident please come forward or submit a tip anonymously at cpdtip.com.”
During a call last week, Mayor Lightfoot and President Trump reportedly came to an agreement regarding federal assistance. Mayor Lightfoot’s office released a statement about the agreement. “Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney’s office,” the statement reads. “The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans.”
[H/T Fox News]