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May 31: 18 Killed Made It the Deadliest Day in Chicago in 60 Years

May 31: 18 Killed Made It the Deadliest Day in Chicago in 60 Years

“It’s like a time bomb out here. People are on the edge, people are angry, people are poor, and they don’t even know when it’s going to change.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WyK3zOIpi0

Chicago, IL, saw 18 murders in 24 hours on May 31. It’s the deadliest day in the Windy City in 60 years.

Data compiled by The Chicago Sun-Times found that “25 people were killed in the city, with another 85 wounded by gunfire” between 7 p.m. on May 29 and 11 p.m. on May 31:

A hardworking father killed just before 1 a.m.

A West Side high school student murdered two hours later.

A man killed amid South Side looting at a cellphone store at 12:30 p.m.

A college freshman who hoped to become a correctional officer, gunned down at 4:25 p.m. after getting into an argument in Englewood.

While Chicago was roiled by another day of protests and looting in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, 18 people were killed Sunday, May 31, making it the single most violent day in Chicago in six decades, according to the University of Chicago Crime Lab. The lab’s data doesn’t go back further than 1961.

Max Kapustin, a senior researcher at the lab, said they have “never seen anything like it” and did not “know how to put it into context.”

Rev. Michael Pfleger told the Sun-Times “it was ‘open season’ last weekend in his neighborhood and others on the South and West sides” as people looted and rioted:

“On Saturday and particularly Sunday, I heard people saying all over, ‘Hey, there’s no police anywhere, police ain’t doing nothing,’” Pfleger said.

“I sat and watched a store looted for over an hour,” he added. “No police came. I got in my car and drove around to some other places getting looted [and] didn’t see police anywhere.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on May 31 alone, Chicago’s 911 emergency center received 65,000 calls for all types of service — 50,000 more than on a usual day.

Pfleger explained the problems that have plagued these neighborhoods like decades: no jobs, hardly any housing, and food insecurity.

The lockdown associated with the Wuhan pandemic lit the fire, but a white cop killing George Floyd added gas to it:

“It’s like a time bomb out here,” Pfleger said. “People are on the edge, people are angry, people are poor, and they don’t even know when it’s going to change.”

If immediate action isn’t taken to address systemic racism, poverty and “black folks being shot down and killed out here like dogs,” Pfleger said the last weekend in May will merely serve as a “coming attraction of what’s going to happen next.”

Have any of you guys watched The Wire? If not, you should. Not only because it is the greatest TV show ever made, but because of how real it is portraying these situations. It does not beat around the bush.

The Wire showed that it’s a never-ending cycle.

Change has to start with the people. Unfortunately, one of those who could help died on May 30.

Mustafa Abdullah, the dean at Excel Academy of Roseland, described his former student Gregory Lewis, 21, as a “positive influence” and “was a really good kid.”

Abdullah noted that Lewis “was very helpful at deescalating [sic] any situations that had potential to kind of escalate into anything further.”

Lewis died after someone gunned him in a vehicle. The Sun-Times doesn’t say if it was accidental or if he was targeted.

Lazarra Daniels, 18, found her shot to death that weekend.

Keishanay Bolden, 18, was enrolled at Western Illinois University. She studied law enforcement to become a correctional officer.

Bolden was shot during an argument and died.

Teyonna Lofton, 18, was shot at a gas station after celebrating her high school graduation. She survived, but the police never answered her call for help:

As she waited in line outside the store, an SUV pulled up and someone inside opened fire into the crowd, striking Lofton and two others. Struck near her elbow, Lofton tried repeatedly to call 911 for help.

“When I needed help, to call the police and stuff, nobody responded. Nobody answered,” Lofton said. “My mom had to come from home, and we had to get to the hospital.”

On the way to Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Lofton peered out her mother’s car window and saw the “madness” that was unfolding outside.

“It was just people jumping out their cars into stores and stealing and looting … Police was letting them do whatever they wanted,” she said.

“They did not care,” Lofton added. “Nobody cared.”

Nobody answered because of the riots and looters in Chicago. The police department had its hands full:

Kapustin of U. of C.’s crime lab said massive upheavals or protests typically require police departments to divert officers to respond to demonstrations.

“When CPD has to turn its attention elsewhere and there’s suddenly this vacuum that opens up, you also unfortunately see a picture like you saw with [last] weekend where you see an absurd amount of carnage, people getting injured and killed,” he said. “Those forces are still there.”

Kapustin said the current situation “lays bare a really nuanced understanding of the role of the police.”

But people also opened fire during the looting. John Briggs wanted to pay a bill at Metro PCS, but was shot when someone opened fire in the store.

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I seriously wonder how many of these deaths get attributed to COVID-19.

Sounds like it’s a good time to be polling these people about what they think of BLM and Antifa. I’ll bet the support for police is higher than average.

The Obama admin typically referred to statistics that showed police devoted more hours in the minority neighborhoods making more arrests than in non-minority neighborhoods. What he left out is that the police respond to 911 calls wherever they originate from and it’s just a hard fact that most of them come from minority neighborhoods.

Still, Obama’s definition of equal police enforcement required that there be as many white people arrested as minority or federal funding would be curtailed. THAT is why so many of the school shootings involved shooters who were known to the police yet they didn’t prevent the shootings. They couldn’t. Their hands were tied.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 9, 2020 at 12:29 pm

    Your last line doesn’t make any sense. If the white school shooters were arrested that would equalize these quotas (that I’ve never actually heard of). They would want to arrest more white people, not less.

      You need to review that Florida mass school shooting. Arne Duncan was the guy who imposed those rules throughout the country. Wrap your mind around the concept that disproportionate arrests over-representing minorities are due to racism not criminal activity and how that affects funding. What are cops supposed to do? Arrest a lot of innocent white people to make the numbers work? The logic is absurd.

      Cops pursue crime wherever it occurs and arrest the perps regardless of race, gender, religion or whatever. The 911 calls reflect where crimes are committed. Does that make it clearer for you? Then explain what it is that is confusing you.

    First, obama is an idiot.

    Second, he is a traitor.

    Third, he is diseased: anything emanating from him is diseased.

    He’s not worth arguing about: just the mention of his name does the job for us.

pilgrim1949 | June 9, 2020 at 11:24 am

All those ready to vote for Prog/Dem/Lib-created Utopia, pay careful attention.

Exhibit A (of many!) — Chicago

Exhibits B-Z — decades of Dem-control in other cities/states.

Welcome to the New Democrat Normal. Just another day in Paradise.

    Yeah, but they get to wash other people’s feet.

    Like pedophiles with cash rushing into the bosom embrace of the democrat party, podophilias with a racial fetish are lining up around the block.

2smartforlibs | June 9, 2020 at 11:33 am

You would think Mayor Bulldyke no matter how horrible being the face of the city might get off he ample backside and work on this problem but no shes got to start fights with other politicians.

“people are angry, people are poor, and they don’t even know when it’s going to change.”

And there is the root of the problem right there. These people have been so subjugated by the victim mindset that they just sit around moaning about how terrible their lives are, ignore their own complicity in the situation, and wait for SOMEONE ELSE to fix it for them.

democrats have controlled these cities for decades. That is indisputable. The concept of criticizing the conditions of these big democrat cities is new and foreign to our msm. I’m old enough to remember when PDJT called out baltimore and and elijah cummings for the absolute filthy, rat infested conditions in that democrat enclave. The entirety of the left clutched their pearls and succumbed to a case of the vapors. When the sensible question of “Where did all the aid money go?” for baltimore was asked, no answers were offered. Only criticism and insults for PDJT. On paper, according to a quick internet search, elijah cummings had a net worth of anywhere between $.06 million and $2 million. Pretty good for a public servant. Now check out his widow’s financial status/record.

SpaceInvader | June 9, 2020 at 12:09 pm

End welfare. Opportunity not welfare. Dependence creates misery and resentment.

“Pfleger explained the problems that have plagued these neighborhoods like decades: no jobs, hardly any housing, and food insecurity.”

Not the problem. The problem is that they make bad choices. Years ago the Brookings Institute did an in-depth study in how to get out of poverty. It workes, REGARLDESS OF RACE, 98% of the time:

1. Get a HS diploma.

2. Get ANY full-time job.

It doesn’t have be special, required skilled labor or even terribly high paying. But to do that, you have to be willing to leave if there are no jobs there. Which is something my grandfather did on the way to changing himself from an Indiana farm-boy to a multi-millionaire with a business that spanned the Western US from Texas to Northern California.

I look online and I find all kinds of jobs available. But you have to be willing to work hard and to leave Chicago for them. And they don’t. Instead they stay in their hell-holes while complaining about the white-man and murdering each other.

3. Do not have kids out of wedlock. (And that’s an essay by itself.)

    Frank Hammond in reply to MosesZD. | June 9, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    Father Faker as he is known in Chicago has become very wealthy from the Federal Funded Social Programs on the South Side of Chicago. Faker started mid-night basketball and was paid big bucks for what turned out to be a boondoggle – But Faker was able to buy a luxury condo in Naples, Florida.

    The Cops hate him – but the any Bishop who tries to remove Faker is shouted down by the community. Faker is a perfect example of Federal Funds wasted with zero results.

meanwhile, a little further south, in miami
https://www.local10.com/news/local/2020/05/21/2-teenage-girls-accidentally-shot-in-head-just-days-apart-in-miami-police-say/

Police said the victim was 17-year-old Giselle Rengifo, who was found on the floor with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A black handgun and magazine were on top of a desk near the front door, authorities said.

According to the arrest report, all four people inside the efficiency were questioned by detectives and McGowan confessed that he was holding the gun when it accidentally discharged, shooting the victim in the head.

The witnesses all corroborated McGowan’s statement, authorities said.

Accidental discharge, yea right

Miami-Dade police arrested Thalys Gabriel Olivera, 17, of Miami, on May 13, a day after the shooting. He faces a charge of manslaughter with a deadly weapon.

Police said they discovered that the gun used in the shooting had been reported stolen from Homestead on April 24.

According to authorities, witnesses said Olivera was “recklessly brandishing the firearm” while inside the apartment.

People in the apartment asked Olivera to put the gun away, according to police, which he did for a short time.

Witnesses said that soon after, he took out the Glock 43 gun again, pointed the firearm at Gray, placed his finger on the trigger and fired one round, striking the victim in the head.

Olivera told police that he was playing with the gun and while “playing” with it, he pulled the trigger and saw a flash that struck Gray.

I guess stolen guns are now play toys

ScottTheEngineer | June 9, 2020 at 12:15 pm

The poor me is understandable. Democrats have been telling little black boys that they’re human garbage almost since birth. Why bother making an effort to learn in school if the white man’s just gonna hold you back anyway.

Liberals look at a black kid and say Yep he just cant do it. Guess I’ll have to do it for him. It’s really emasculating.

I remember when many in Chicago fought against Wal Mart from coming to Chicago, now Lightfoot is practically begging them not to leave
https://wbbm780.radio.com/articles/mayor-lightfoot-pleads-with-walmart-to-not-abandon-chicago

Lewis died after someone gunned him in a vehicle
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vehicle must have some massive acceleration LOL 🙂
I kid, I get the…drift…

and they don’t even know when it’s going to change.

Oh, it’ll change, all right. It will get worse.

A population mired in the fashionable delusion that any education and any trace of business success is just “too white”;

Police being crucified for doing their jobs and crippled by defunding;

Anybody who can do it fleeing the hellhole, and taking their business and money with them;

This all spells “death spiral”. Keep voting Democrat, and they’ll guarantee that there’s no way out.

    alaskabob in reply to tom_swift. | June 9, 2020 at 1:11 pm

    Remember the excuse that math was a “white thing”? The late Arthur Ashe told Black kids that athletics was great, but school and getting an education was the road to success. His point was that statistically getting into the NBA was so slim yet so many kids thought it was easier to get ahead with basketball.

G. de La Hoya | June 9, 2020 at 12:38 pm

It is Father Michael Pfleger, Catholic priest of St. Sabina’s. A leftist and his chickens are coming home to roost 😉

People are on the edge, people are angry, people are poor, and they don’t even know when it’s going to change.

But they keep voting for, and following the same “leaders” that not only fail to help them make the changes they need, but actively work to make sure these changes never happen.

“they don’t even know when it’s going to change.”
That’s because they expect someone else, some organization or government to change it for them.
It won’t change until they change it.

But ‘mostly peaceful’.

Lori Lightfoot is the left’s wet dream writ large – and he/she/it’s a foul-mouthed, failing, incompetent.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to DuxRedux. | June 9, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Obama’s Peter Principle

    JimWoo in reply to DuxRedux. | June 9, 2020 at 2:59 pm

    She’s a disgusting ghetto scold. Recently told PDJT to not use the word Chicago in his mouth. Or something idiotic like that. I wonder if she and Pritzker realize they will soon be begging Trump for money to stabilize their budgets.

#BabyLivesMatter #HateLovesAbortion

Ain’t gonna be no change if y’all don’t stop shootin’ each other. That shit has got to be ceasted. (As my drill sergeant would have said.)

I am sure if the police are defunded, or abandoned altogether, the murder rates would just disappear. After all, how can there be crime and murder if there are no police to call it such?

I feel bad to a degree, about those who live there that are decent people. I know quite a few, but when you keep voting in leftists to office who offer little in positive changes to society, this is the result. It happens every time the left take over a place. It is sad.

nordic_prince | June 9, 2020 at 4:42 pm

If you want to understand why the CPD officers don’t rush in to these situations, read http://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/

Mayor Lightfoot is hoping for heard immunity from the shootings.

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