Lori Lightfoot and Brandon Johnson weigh in on weekend shootings of youngsters as summer time approaches – Chicago Tribune
The weekend shootings of three youngsters in two separate incidents drew responses from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson as summer time looms.
In an announcement launched Sunday afternoon, Lightfoot stated her workplace has had “very candid and productive conversations” with the Chicago Police Division about monitoring and responding to such gatherings. She additionally requested mother and father and guardians to assist guarantee their kids’s security.
“Twice in the previous couple of days, a number of massive teams of younger folks have gathered throughout the town. Lots of them have been there to have time and benefit from the unseasonably heat climate. Nonetheless, a few of these younger folks have been concerned in reckless, disrespectful and illegal habits,” Lightfoot’s assertion stated. “As I’ve stated earlier than, we as a metropolis can’t and won’t enable any of our public areas to turn into a platform for felony conduct. Most significantly, mother and father and guardians should know the place their kids are and be accountable for their actions. Instilling the necessary values of respect for folks and property should start at house.”
Johnson additionally issued an announcement Sunday afternoon: “It’s unacceptable and has no place in our metropolis. Nonetheless, it isn’t constructive to demonize youth who’ve in any other case been starved of alternatives in their very own communities.”
Johnson stated bettering public security is certainly one of his objectives.
“Our metropolis should work collectively to create areas for youth to assemble safely and responsibly, beneath grownup steerage and supervision, to make sure that each a part of our metropolis stays welcome for each residents and guests,” the assertion stated.
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A 16-year-old and a 17-year-old have been transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in truthful situation after they have been shot within the Loop Saturday night time, Chicago police stated.
The taking pictures occurred round 9:05 p.m. within the 0-100 block of East Washington Road, based on police. The teenage boys stood in a crowd of individuals after they have been shot by an unknown gunman.
The taking pictures affected the Chicago Transit Authority’s Brown, Pink, Inexperienced and Orange strains. Simply earlier than 10 p.m. Saturday, CTA officers notified riders about disrupted service for every line as a result of police presence within the Loop. Every practice briefly bypassed the Washington/Wabash and Adams/Wabash stations. Service returned to regular earlier than 12 a.m. Sunday, based on CTA tweets.
The 16-year-old had a gunshot wound in his proper arm, and the 17-year-old had a gunshot wound in his left leg, police stated.
Nobody is in custody. Police detectives are investigating.
On Friday night time, a 14-year-old boy was shot simply earlier than 9 p.m. on the 3100 block of South DuSable Lake Shore Drive close to thirty first Road Seaside, based on police. He was transported to Comer Kids’s Hospital with a gunshot wound in his left thigh, police stated. Nobody is in custody. Detectives are investigating.
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