Supt. Eddie Johnson: Chicago’s Gun Violence Deserves Attention Given to the Jussie Smollett Drama



He makes a valid point.

At a press conference announcing the charge against Smollett of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report, Chicago Superintendent Eddie Johnson stated that the families of those affected by gun crimes “deserve” the attention that Smollett’s story has received.

“Before I get started on why we’re here, you know, as I look out into the crowd I just wish that the families of gun violence in this city got this much attention,” Johnson said. “Because that’s who really deserves the amount of attention that we’re giving to this particular incident.”  – John Bowden, Chicago Police Head Announcing Smollett Charges: I Wish Gun Violence Got this Much Attention

We all know Chicago has a problem:

While its homicide rate is not the highest in the U.S., Chicago has consistently had more total killings than any other U.S. city — with 27 people killed since the beginning of the month.

Why it matters: Racial segregation, wealth inequality, gangs and the inability of law enforcement to solve crimes have fueled the gun violence epidemic — and a handful of minority, impoverished neighborhoods have received the brunt of the impact.

– Stef W. Kight and Michael Sykes, The Deadliest City: Behind Chicago’s Segregated Shooting Sprees

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