65 killed in Chicago shootings in July, CPD says

Monday, August 1, 2016
CPD: 65 killed in July shootings
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According to police, 65 people were killed and there were a total of 441 shooting victims during the month of July.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- New crime numbers released by the Chicago Police Department show that while there was a decline in murders this month compared to last, it was the deadliest July in at least five years.

According to the Chicago Police Department, 65 people were killed and there were a total of 441 shooting victims during the month of July. During the month of June, 72 people were killed in shootings in Chicago.

Murders are up from July 2015, when 53 people were murdered. So far this year, 381 people have been killed and 2,394 people shot.

One of the youngest victims is 6-year-old Tacarra Morgan. She was shot in the stomach outside her home on July 19. Miraculously, she survived.

"You can tell something is wrong. She lost weight, she doesn't walk like she used to," said Johnnie Morris, Tacarra's grandmother.

Tacarra's family said police need to take every single gun off the street before they feel safe enough to let her be outside again.

The Chicago Police Department recovers more guns per capita compared to any other police department in the United States, Johnson said. Police have taken down more than 120 gang members and seized 5,000 guns so far this year.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson discussed the crime numbers and the gun seizures at a news conference Monday morning. Johnson reiterated his support for legislation sponsored by State Senator Kwame Raoul to keep repeat gun offenders off the streets.

"Until we hold repeat offenders accountable, we're going to continue to see this violence," Johnson said.

Johnson said most of the violence is coming from two or three police districts and that nearly 85 percent of the shooting victims are on the department's Strategic Subjects List, comprised of people who have had prior contact with law enforcement.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks at a news conference on Chicago crime numbers and gun seizures.

The Fraternal Order of Police is recommending officers not volunteer for overtime during the Labor Day weekend, a historically violent time, due to lack of respect for police. Local church groups are calling for a "peace surge" on the streets of Chicago. Religious leaders say they will take matters into their own hands if they have to come together to monitor 10 high-crime neighborhoods themselves and combat violence.

Meanwhile, William Calloway, one of the activists behind the release of the Laquan McDonald police shooting video demanded the release of the Paul O'Neal footage.

"In order to restore trust between community and this police department, they have to be held to the same standard as civilians," said Calloway. "If not, we will never see the trust that we are fighting for."

The 18-year-old was shot in the back and killed by police. Three Chicago police officers involved in the shooting have been relieved of their police powers.

CPD says they are trying ways to communicate better, releasing police videos within 60 days and even launching a new unit called the Bureau of Organizational Development, responsible for working on making officers more accountable.