When Trump says Chicago is ‘out of con­trol,’ he does not ex­ag­ger­ate

Chicago Sun-Times - - OPINION -

In an edi­to­rial on Wed­nes­day, the Sun-Times writes that Pres­i­dent Trump is “stoking fears about out-of-con­trol crime by thugs and rad­i­cals in Chicago and other big cities.” If the Sun-Times edi­to­rial board does not be­lieve this is real, the board is delu­sional.

Fif­teen peo­ple were shot Tues­day night at a funeral wake.

Overnight, an­other child was shot. More than 400 peo­ple have been mur­dered in Chicago to date. Michi­gan Av­enue busi­nesses have been smashed and looted. Six­tytwo peo­ple, by the Sun-Times’ own re­port­ing, have been shot on the city’s ex­press­ways so far this year, com­pared to 52 for all of last year.

Al­most 50 Chicago police of­fi­cers were in­jured, in­clud­ing 18 who were hos­pi­tal­ized, after a so-called “peace­ful” protest at the Colum­bus statue in Grant Park. Av­er­age ci­ti­zens are buy­ing up guns like crazy. And be­tween the im­pact of crime and COVID-19, some 2,400 Chicago busi­nesses will never re­open. That’s not out-of-con­trol? Re­gard­less of how you might feel about Trump, if the fed­eral govern­ment wants to send re­sources to Chicago to help alle­vi­ate and cor­rect these prob­lems — to ar­rest, pros­e­cute and jail some of these vi­o­lent of­fend­ers — the city should ac­cept them with open arms.

Robert Stasch, re­tired Chicago police lieu­tenant, O’Hare

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