Chicago’s Father’s Day weekend saw 104 people shot, including 14 fatalities. The weekend had more shootings than the last weekend of May, but fewer fatalities.

Five minors died, including a 3-year-old boy.

Alderman Anthony Napolitano, a former police officer, is beyond frustrated.

From Fox News:

Former police officer Anthony Napolitano said on Tuesday that the notion of defunding the police is “ridiculous” and communities, especially in Chicago, need to “step up” to address crime in their own neighborhoods.

“I want to see more outrage. Where is the outrage for the hundred-plus people shot in the street and these kids that have been killed?” Nothing. It is silent here,” Napolitano told “Fox & Friends First.”

Napolitano, a Chicago alderman, encouraged people to stop “vilifying” the police.

Napolitano claimed that police officers “hold each other accountable, contrary to popular belief.” He said no person or cop “would justify what happened” to George Floyd.

Napolitano did not deflect the blame to Mayor Lori Lightfoot or other officials. Instead, he looked at family life:

“This is on parents. Raise your kids. Teach them what is right and what is wrong and not to pick up a gun. We can’t put it on the mayor who stepped into this. This has been going on in the city of Chicago for 20-plus years. Homicide rates off the chart.”

The children who died:

  • Three-year-old Mekhi James. Police believe his stepfather was the target. The father suffered “a graze wound to the abdomen.”
  • 13-year-old Amaria J. Jones. She “was inside a home” when a bullet struck her in the neck.
  • 17-year-old Jasean Francis and an unnamed 16-year-old died after a male suspect approached them and fired shots.
  • An unnamed 15-year-old boy died after someone shot at him.

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown acknowledged the department needs to make changes:

“Tears are a natural reaction to these tragic stories of violence. But we need to do more than just cry,” Brown said. “Let’s keep violent offenders in jail longer, and let’s revamp the home monitoring system. It’s not working.”

Police said the only thing the acts of violence over the weekend all have in common are “gangs, guns, and drugs.” But the visibly frustrated Supt. Brown repeatedly emphasized violent offenders not being in jail and the failure of home monitoring.

“I’ve been here eight weeks, and it’s shocking that no one monitors people on home monitor,” Brown said. “That’s shocking to me.”

He added: “I got here thinking, oh we need leadership, maybe cops need better work ethic or strategy — it’s none of that Cops are working hard. We’re just chasing our tails.”

Brown said that Francis and his friend rarely went out because of the dangerous neighborhood:

“These individuals were with their friend. They’d just gone to a mall. They know the neighborhood. They don’t ever go out to the neighborhood because it’s so dangerous,” Chicago Police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said.

But on that one occasion, the boys asked just that once if they could go down to the store and buy some candy, and when they were almost back at the gateway of their home, a gunman ran up and shot and killed them for no reason, Deenihan said.

Police have identified a suspect in the South Chicago shooting. They say he was wearing a black Puma hooded sweatshirt and ripped faded jeans, and was wearing one shoe on the left foot and a black sock on his injured right foot.

 

 
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