Day after day, the violence in Chicago escalates. The city gangs are taunting the police. Death looms over the horizon. The death toll keeps rising, following the many gang wars.
Seventy-eight people have died so far. According to some estimates, August is the bloodiest month in the last twenty years. The homicide rate will climb over the 491 deaths of the previous year.
People in the riskiest neighborhoods feel unsafe as ever. As the Labor Day approaches, fear rises. The atmosphere resembles “The Purge” movie. “The Purge” is a successful horror movie, about a bloody American holiday. During the terrorizing 12 hours, all crime is legal and emergency services don’t work at all.
Then And Now
The City Hall and the Police are almost powerless before the wave of crime that has been constantly sweeping Chicago. Where’s batman when you need him?
It all started 25 years ago. The 1991 riots have left 122 dead in the aftermath. The mayor knew things would get worse. In 1992, Chicago had 943 homicides, compared to 928 in 1991.
August 2016 looks a lot like the dreaded 1991 and 1992 bloody months.
But there are important differences between the two timeframes. In the nineties, the gangs still feared police and some inhabitants would collaborate with the police officers for their own good.
How Will Politicians Respond?
Crime, rioting, and looting were only restricted to the downtown part of the city. Back then, the police used to make arrests. Now, it is almost as though they are outnumbered and fear the gang members.
Gun violence has reached a point in Chicago, where tourists are driven away from the city.
Politicians sometimes refer to Chicago violence as gun violence. However, that paints an incorrect image. A more fitting description would be “gang wars.”
However, many fear the consequences of calling the situation for what it is. That’s because many times gangs have political connections in Chicago. Officials prefer to deter attention away from the real problem.
Nowadays, police forces have to deal with a shortage of manpower, too much overtime and exhaustion.
Back in the nineties, there were special forces called gang crime units which knew how to deal with rebellious gangs.
Now, even the inhabitants of violent neighborhoods refuse to collaborate with the police and do not want to share their story. Not to the press, nor to the police.
The most recent event was a shooting in Englewood. The police were investigating the area, when 10 young men harassed them, mocked them and acted defiantly.
Panic In The Police Force
After seeing the video, policemen drew bleak conclusions. The gangs don’t fear them anymore.
The wars used to revolve around drugs and prostitution. Now they are about territory, hierarchy, and rage. There are some similarities between the early nineties and now. The profile of the typical shooter was usually a black man, aged between 17 and 23. The profile of the typical victim is usually a black male, aged between 17 and 23.
With the campaign for presidency going on, some have called for Donald Trump to come to Chicago’s dangerous South Side and demonstrate how he can solve the gang problem. From inside America’s most dangerous city.
Trump is trying to engage Black voters and Latinos in a bid to win the election. He believes that Clinton politics have made these poverty-stricken areas places where crime escalates.