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Chicago Police Supt. David Brown is expected to highlight “recent arrests” in the city during a news conference Friday as the city continues to grapple with a spate of shootings involving young people, a spike in auto thefts and more.
Exactly what the city’s top police officer will say remains unclear, but the speech comes as Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot traveled to Washington DC to seek federal help to fight crime.
Six teenagers and children were among those injured by gunfire in Chicago Tuesday afternoon and within hours of early Wednesday morning, including one that left a 15-year-old dead shortly after leaving school.
According to authorities, 15-year-old Caleb Westbrooks was walking in the 800 block of North Greenview at around 1:14 p.m. Tuesday when an unidentified suspect walked up to him, drew a gun and opened fire, punching him in the chest and arm and killed him.
Westbrooks’ father issued a statement speaking about his grief and urging elected officials to take action.
“Unfortunately, this senseless violence is likely to continue unabated until the elected and appointed city and county leadership stops pointing fingers and accepts personal responsibility for the role they played in dismantling the criminal justice system,” Corneal said Westbrooks in statement.
On Thursday alone, two people were killed and three others injured by gunfire across the city.
Pastor Corey Brooks of the New Beginnings Church is pitching a tent on a rooftop in Chicago’s South Side for the next 100 days to raise awareness of crime and violence in the city.
While in DC, Lightfoot said she was “optimistic” about the help the city may soon receive from the government.
“I’m a very squeaky wheel on this issue and I’m very confident that we will see some progress from the federal government to help us, particularly when it comes to cross-border arms trafficking and also our arrest warrants, people’s numbers, who are out in Chicago in the Cook County area on warrants,” Lightfoot said Thursday. “So I’m optimistic based on the conversations I’ve had.”