By Jazz Shaw
As we’ve covered here more times than I could count, the gang violence problem in Chicago has expanded too far to be ignored. The number of murders in the city is now on the cusp of the total killings for all of 2015 with four months left in this year. The total number of people shot is measured in the thousands rather than the hundreds, and the clearance rate for murders is pathetically low. If the number of people dead in any American city from a flood or fire was even a quarter of the number of bodies stacked up in the Windy City there would have long since been a declaration of a state of emergency.
And that’s precisely what’s being called for by one of Chicago’s more outspoken priests. (Law Officer)
On Wednesday, a march for peace turned into a rally in hopes of turning the tide against the skyrocketing murders and shootings in Chicago.
“In August so far we’ve had 470 people shot, that’s more than 15 people a day shot in Chicago,” said Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church.
The violence numbers are outrageous. More than 2800 people have been shot in Chicago this year, and nearly as many people have been murdered by the end of August as there were people killed in all of last year.
Father Michael Pfleger is outraged. He wants the situation treated like a natural disaster had hit the city.
“I’m asking Governor Rauner, call a state of emergency for the city of Chicago,” Pfleger said.
Could Governor Bruce Rauner actually declare a state of emergency? I don’t see why not. There seems to be a wide latitude in such decisions for governors historically. Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee last month during the BLM riots and went so far as …read more
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