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With Murders up 80 Percent Last Month, Chicago Braces for Violent Weekend

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In Chicago, there won’t be any fireworks at Navy Pier this year. The Lake Michigan beaches are closed, there are no ballgames, and “social distancing ambassadors” will be out to enforce the mayor’s edicts at any gathering anywhere.

What won’t be affected by the pandemic rules will be street violence. Chicago residents are bracing for the most violent weekend yet and city officials — including the police — are clueless about what to do to improve the situation.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says there will be 1,200 more cops on the streets this weekend. That’s fine, except there were 1,400 extra police on the streets last year.:snip:

 

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Chicago erupts in July 4 gunfire -- with girl, 7, and boy, 14, among those killed

A 7-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were among those fatally shot Saturday night as Chicago erupted in gun violence on Independence Day.

The evening included two attacks that each had eight victims, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The girl, identified by her family as Natalie Wallace, was outside her grandmother’s home at a Fourth of July party in the city's Austin neighborhood around 7 p.m. when a vehicle pulled up and three men got out and started shooting indiscriminately, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The girl was shot in her head and pronounced dead after she was rushed to a hospital, police said, according to Chicago's FOX 32.

A 32-year-old man shot during the same attack was in fair condition, FOX 32 reported.

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60 Shot, at Least 10 Fatally, over Weekend in Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago

At least 60 people were shot, 13 fatally, over the weekend in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago.

ABC 7 reports the first fatal shooting took the life of 15-year-old Terrance Malden on Friday afternoon.  They note five other teenagers were among those wounded in other shootings that occurred between Friday and Monday morning.:snip:

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Tensions erupt in downtown Chicago as police clash with crowd attempting to topple Columbus statue

 

Tensions boiled over between protesters and law enforcement in Chicago on Friday evening after demonstrators vandalized and tried to topple a statue of Christopher Columbus. 

Video surfaced of protesters spray painting the statue and calling Columbus a “murderer” before physical clashes with police began.:snip:

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