CHICAGO – Reverend Jesse Jackson says Chicago is in the midst of an urban crisis, so he and others are demanding a united plan from local leaders to address the violence.
Jackson and other leaders are calling for state and federal intervention after 169 people have been killed in the city so far this year.
On Wednesday, the Cook County Sheriff’s Department announced that it has partnered with the Chicago Police Department to tackle growing crime downtown.
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On the south side, campaigners say that’s part of the problem – focusing on the city center – when other areas have been plagued by crime for years.
They are calling on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to launch a united plan to address rising violence and for the Biden administration to offer federal aid to help them.
“It’s interesting to me that we’re opening something up in River North, when the highest violence in this town isn’t in River North. you know we have to do something about that violence because it’s in our neighborhood now,” Father Michael Pfleger said.
“We’ve sent over a billion dollars to help Ukraine, and we should…what are we doing to help Chicago? Help other big cities with this problem of violence,” he added. .
Local leaders are also calling on the city to create more programs so young people have something to do this summer.