Should that National Guard be called in to help end the violence in Chicago? Two state lawmakers think so. John Fritchey (D) and LaShawn Ford (D) believe the Guard can do a better job stopping the bloodshed.
"We have National Guard members that are living in the city, that have been trained in police and law enforcement, that have been deployed to Afghanistan to help train the Afghan Police Department in safeguarding those neighborhoods. We have the ability with very little effort to immediately deploy these men and women right here in their backyards to assist the (Chicago) police department. They can be out here, living at home , assisting the police department and saving lives," said Fritchey at a news conference on Sunday.
"If we send a message that the National Guard is working with the Chicago police, that is going to send a strong message to the community immediately that there is more effort to curb the violence," added Ford
We've been following the trouble in Chicago on 360° for years. Sadly it isn't getting better. Kids keep killing kids. The drug and gang violence continues. In one night last week, seven people were killed and 18 were wounded. So far this year there are 113 homicides in the city. That's up slightly from 109 at this time last year.
Victor Woods, a community activist in Chicago, is against the National Guard proposal. He says there's a "huge mistrust" problem with the Chicago Police that must change for the violence to stop. "Police are gonna have to take off their guns and vests and regain the trust of the communities."
Woods points to a shooting on April 12. That's when Robert Tate, 17, was shot in the chest on the West side of Chicago. As he lay bleeding on the street a police officer asked him he he knew who shot him. Tate said I'm not telling you. Tate, who ironically was nicknamed "C Murder" took his secret to the grave.
Chicago police officers, like many other big cities, have a problem where people refuse to give them information. Witnesses don't want to snitch. In February, the Chicago P.D. started a new campaign to try and change that way of life on the streets. The TV and prints ads share the message: "Stop the violence. Stop the Silence. Silence Kills." They're encouraging people to send confidential text messages that can't be traced. Joe Johns has discovered they got 559 tips last year that led to 22 arrests. Don't miss Joe's report tonight.
We'll also look at the grilling current and former Goldman Sachs executives took on Capitol Hill today. They maintained their innocence as lawmakers questioned their role in the financial crisis. It got heated many times as a Senate panel demanded answers. We're keeping them honest.
Plus, TV talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw on America's obesity epidemic and why it's costing all of us.
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