“Until such time that people go to jail for possession of an illegal firearm, we’re going to be in a bad situation,” McCarthy told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview conducted before Amari Brown’s death." (Chicago Sun Times)
"I am both saddened and sickened by what happened," he said. "You have too many guns on the streets. You have a criminal justice system that lets out too many people, repeatedly, who use guns." (Mayor Rahm Emanuel/Chicago Tribune)
Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Brown is a "ranking gang member" and is believed to have been the intended target...
Amari was killed by a "bullet meant for his father," McCarthy said at a news conference to address the Fourth of July violence...
"If Mr. Brown is in custody, his son is alive," McCarthy said...
He said Brown was being uncooperative in the investigation into his son's slaying..." (Chicago Tribune)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy minced no words over the latest murder outrage, the murder of seven-year-old Amari Brown.
Editorial boards and columnists will have their say this week too.
The comments by mayor Emanuel and superintendent Garry McCarthy are considered insensitive and offensive by some. One of Amari Brown's father's attorneys called the superintendent a bully. A lawyer calling someone a bully is the pot calling the kettle black while throwing bricks in glass houses.
The editorial boards and columnists (or their editors) will be ever so polite, inoffensive, and sensitive. Righteous anger, shaming, accusing, blaming, or hyperbole are outlawed in our politically correct over sensitive society.
Amari Brown's murder is offensive and insensitive. More insensitive than any words can describe. It is more offensive than Confederate flags, Amy Schumer's comedy, Donald Trump's gasbaggery, or any of the other nonsense that angers the over sensitive professional whiners on social media.
It is an outrageous act of barbarism. Is is just one of many committed over the past year.
Innocent people are being slaughtered on Chicago's streets. The police are over worked. They are also being handcuffed by the politicians, activists, and organizers in various communities.
The mayor and superintendent are correct in calling for stiffer sentencing for illegal gun offenders and higher bail for recidivist violent criminals and gang members. They are right to lay the blame on the father, a career gang member and criminal. They are right to blame the courts and legislature for lax sentencing laws and low bail.
Tough times call for tough measures. Chicago is going through tough times. It is past time to get tough.
It is time to reevaluate the prosecution and judicial aspects of the criminal justice system. The prosecutors and judges have to get tougher. Sentencing guidelines need to change. The bail system needs to change. Prosecutors need to get tougher when charging.
It is time for the aldermen, preachers, community groups and organizers to let the police do their jobs. It is a proven fact that proactive policing and prosecution works to reduce violent crime.
The gangs and their uncontrollable wannabe young members are running rampant. It is time to suppress them, dismantle their organizations, and keep them dismantled. From the leaders down to the youngest recruits. All gang members are criminals. It is time all of them are treated as such.
It is time to publicly shame any and all who associate and enable these criminal enterprises. Politicians, clergy, business people, activists, and anyone else. No one should care who gets hurt or whose reputation is damaged. Association with and enabling criminal enterprises is just another form of crime itself.
Unfortunately, in Chicago and Cook County, it will be business as usual. It is politically incorrect, offensive, insensitive, and "racist" to advocate harsh penal conditions on gang members, career criminals, or violent criminals. Enabling clergy, politicians, community activists and organizers would take to social media and force apologies where none are deemed.
Amari Brown will be forgotten after his funeral. Crime will go on. Until the next child is killed. Then the cycle of outrage and apathy will repeat itself.
Need proof? Chicago Tribune photojournalists have been documenting the violence and its aftermath in pictures and words. Week after week. Those photographs of crime scenes and heartbreak should stir people to demand better.
There is no call to action from the public. Today's headlines are about Taste of Chicago and whiners complaining about concerts at Montrose Beach. That is not only offensive, it is embarrassing.
These murders do not just affect "those" neighborhoods. They affect all of us. Anyone of us or our children could be the next victim just by unknowingly standing in proximity to the intended target. It could happen anywhere.
The solution to Chicago's violence problem is in all of our hands. When are you, the ordinary citizen, going to get mad enough to do something? When are you going demand better of the politicians you elected?
The mayor and police superintendent cannot do the heavy lifting alone. They need the aldermen, county commissioners, and state legislators behind them.
The only way to get the aldermen behind them is for citizens to express their outrage at the aldermen. All fifty of them. They are starting to point fingers at the mayor and superintendent. They should be pointing fingers at themselves.
The Cook County Board runs the court and bail system. The state legislators make the laws regarding sentencing.
Collectively they are doing nothing. They will do nothing until enough people start calling, emailing, writing, or showing up at their offices en mass.
It is up to all of us. Not just the people or politicians in communities affected by the violence.
Do something. Stop complaining. Start demanding. Stop being attracted by the baubles, bangles, and beads of festivals, bike paths, and other distracting absurdities.
Contact your alderman, county commissioner, and state legislators.
They are as much to blame for the violence, mayhem, and murder as the criminals. Maybe more.
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