Chicago in cri­sis, one bloody day after an­other

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

One city. Two months’ time. 1,130 shoot­ings, 212 of them fa­tal.

That’s nearly 19 peo­ple shot a day, on av­er­age, with at least three of them killed. Mostly on the South and West Sides.

Let it sink in. This is 61 days in Chicago — May 22, when an uptick in vi­o­lence be­gan, through July 21.

If Chicago’s vi­o­lence con­tin­ues at this pace, it will be un­fath­omable. The county morgue fills up. Chil­dren lie in coffins. And our city faces a daunt­ing re­build­ing job in the wake of the civil un­rest sparked by the death of Ge­orge Floyd and the eco­nomic toll of the coro­n­avirus.

Who will in­vest if the vi­o­lence has no end?

We ap­pre­ci­ate that Pres­i­dent Donald Trump, for all his bash­ing rhetoric, fi­nally ap­pears to have got­ten on the same page with Mayor Lori Light­foot and other big-city lead­ers in his de­ploy­ing of an ini­tia­tive called Oper­a­tion Le­gend to help end the sum­mer blood­shed.

Ear­lier this week, our worry was that Oper­a­tion Le­gend might be noth­ing more than a re­play of the anti-civil-lib­er­ties out­rage be­ing pur­sued by the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity in Port­land, Ore­gon. Fed­eral agents dressed like sol­diers at war have swept peo­ple off the street — with­out cause or charge — in un­marked cars.

But, best we can tell, John Lausch, the U.S. at­tor­ney in Chicago, has been in­stru­men­tal in push­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion to come to its senses, drop the thug tac­tics, and de­vise a plan to send an extra 200 or more fed­eral agents to our city to work hand-in-hand with lo­cal police. Not to pa­trol the streets, as in Port­land, but to use their ex­per­tise to help solve crimes.

If Oper­a­tion Le­gend truly is about part­ner­ing with the Chicago police, and not just an­other heavy-handed Trump cam­paign stunt, more power to it. Time will tell. It is re­as­sur­ing, on that score, that Lausch will su­per­vise the fed­eral re­sources in Chicago.

Be­cause there’s no deny­ing the cri­sis in our city. These num­bers, com­piled for us by Sun-Times Wire Reporter David Struett, tell the story, with week­end days in bold face:

Tues­day, July 21: 23 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Mon­day, July 20: 25 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Sun­day, July 19: 22 peo­ple shot, five fa­tally

Satur­day, July 18: 28 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Fri­day, July 17: 31 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Thurs­day, July 16: 17 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Wed­nes­day, July 15: 11 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Tues­day, July 14: 14 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Mon­day, July 13: 15 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Sun­day, July 12: 27 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Satur­day, July 11: 27 peo­ple shot, six fa­tally

Fri­day, July 10: 17 peo­ple shot, five fa­tally

Thurs­day, July 9: Nine peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Wed­nes­day July 8: Nine peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Tues­day, July 7: 11 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Mon­day, July 6: 19 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Sun­day, July 5: 32 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Satur­day, July 4: 37 peo­ple shot, 12 fa­tally

Fri­day, July 3: 12 peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Thurs­day, July 2: 15 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Wed­nes­day, July 1: 15 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Tues­day, June 30: 19 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Mon­day, June 29: Six peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Sun­day, June 28: 32 peo­ple shot, eight fa­tally

Satur­day, June 27: 28 peo­ple shot, 10 fa­tally

Fri­day, June 26: Seven peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Thurs­day, June 25: 14 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Wed­nes­day, June 24: 17 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Tues­day, June 23: 16 peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Mon­day, June 22: 44 peo­ple shot, six fa­tally

Sun­day, June 21: 27 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Satur­day, June 20: 35 peo­ple shot, nine fa­tally

Fri­day, June 19: 27 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Thurs­day, June 18: 21 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Wed­nes­day, June 17: Six peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Tues­day, June 16: 10 peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Mon­day, June 15: 18 peo­ple shot, five fa­tally

Sun­day, June 14: 13 peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Satur­day, June 13: 13 peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Fri­day, June 12: 18 peo­ple shot, none fa­tally

Thurs­day, June 11: 10 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Wed­nes­day, June 10: Eight peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Tues­day, June 9: Nine peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Mon­day, June 8: Nine peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Sun­day, June 7: 17 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Satur­day June 6: 15 peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Fri­day, June 5: 10 peo­ple shot, none fa­tally

Thurs­day, June 4: 16 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Wed­nes­day, June 3: 18 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Tues­day, June 2: 29 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Mon­day, June 1: 22 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Sun­day, May 31: 50 peo­ple shot, 16 fa­tally

Satur­day, May 30: 18 peo­ple shot, seven fa­tally

Fri­day, May 29: 15 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Thurs­day, May 28: 11 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Wed­nes­day, May 27: 11 peo­ple shot, two fa­tally

Tues­day, May 26: 20 peo­ple shot, four fa­tally

Mon­day, May 25: 19 peo­ple shot, one fa­tally

Sun­day, May 24: 10 peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

Satur­day, May 23: 17 peo­ple shot, five fa­tally

Fri­day, May 22: Nine peo­ple shot, three fa­tally

SCOTT OL­SON/GETTY IM­AGES

Chicago Police on Tues­day in­ves­ti­gate out­side a funeral home on 79th Street where 15 peo­ple were shot.

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