Seven of them fatally. Gruesome weekend leaves Chicago police chief reeling – CNN.com.
I don’t often agree with the police chief in Chicago, but in this case, he has a point. He maintains that there is something “systematically wrong” with Justice in Chicago. And it fails people all the time.
Take, for example, the death of 7-year-old Amari Brown. McCarthy said the boy was the unintended victim of bullet meant for his father, a ranking gang member.
The system failed Amari, the police chief said. Amari’s father, who has been arrested 45 times and has a lengthy criminal record, should not have been on the streets, McCarthy said.
Is it a leap to say the kid would be alive but for his father? Not much of one, I’d say. That the father has been arrested 45 times and not in jail says something – either the police keep arresting him for no good reason (not beyond the realm of possibility in Chicago), or the courts have failed in some way.
And the “don’t help police” frame-of-mind is active here too. The dead kid’s father is not cooperating with police. (Not listed in the linked article, but it shows up in other coverage.)
The Chief goes on to blame guns and not criminals. But that is what he usually does so it is no surprise. You could also blame the War on (Some) Drugs™ but that wouldn’t fit the narrative.