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Chicago: 238 New Officers Hit the Streets as 28 People Wounded, 6 Killed in Weekend Shootings

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It’s only been three-and-a-half months since Memorial Day weekend, but that hasn’t curbed the violence that’s seen an average of 42 people (42.3/avg.) being shot every single weekend in the city of Chicago. Out of those 42 victims, between five and six people (5.6/avg.) have been murdered every weekend across the Chicagoland area.

The numbers listed above include this past weekend’s violence in Chicago, which saw a total of at least 34 people shot. At least six of those shot died of their wounds.

Here’s an example of this past weekend’s violence, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times:

A 17-year-old girl was shot to death Sunday in Back of the Yards on the South Side.

Treja A. Kelly was walking about 9:30 p.m. in the 900 block of West 52nd Street, when a man emerged from an alley and the two of them got into “a verbal altercation,” Chicago police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office said. The man then pulled out a handgun and shot her three times in the head and multiple times in the upper body.

Kelly was rushed to the University of Chicago Medical Center where she was pronounced dead, police said. 

The numbers reported above are based on weekend numbers compiled by MRCTV since Memorial Day weekend. Including this weekend, the numbers are based on 16 weekends worth of data. At least 677 people have been shot on weekends in Chicago since Memorial Day weekend, at least 89 of which died as a result of their wounds.

Hopefully, the news that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) graduating 238 new officers last week will help in getting crime off the streets of the West and South sides of the city. According to CBS 2 - Chicago, the CPD “currently has its highest staffing level in the past decade,” with an incredible 13,000 sworn officers.

Good luck to all of the new officers.

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