Chicago police announced Wednesday that there were 78 homicides in August, 14 more than there were last year in the same month, bringing the total for 2021 to 524.
Not only were nearly 500 people shot in August, but the month followed a July that ended with 105 homicides. “We deeply understand how important it is for our residents to feel safe within our neighborhoods across the city,” said police Superintendent David Brown in a statement. “We are retooling our crime fighting strategies to stop the spike in crimes that we are seeing so we can bring a greater sense of safety to our communities.”
The department pointed to significant drops in the number of burglaries, robberies and aggravated batteries. But it was in paying tribute to Officer Ella French, who was fatally shot Aug. 7 during a traffic stop, that the department offered some good news about another officer who was shot along with her and critically wounded.
“We remain encouraged by the progress of her partner, Officer Carlos Yanez Jr., who was recently transferred to a rehabilitation facility,” according to the news release. The statement said he’d shown “strength … in his heroic fight” [Houston Chronicle].
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