CHICAGO (CBS) — Police Supt. Eddie Johnson renewed his call for state lawmakers to help curb gun violence in Chicago, on the heels of another bloody weekend, which included the murder of a police officer’s son.
“Any leader of the city of Chicago that thinks what we’re seeing out on the streets is okay shouldn’t be a leader,” Johnson said.
Visibly frustrated, the superintendent addressed reporters at Police Headquarters on Monday, after at least 52 people were shot across the city over the weekend, including nine homicides.
Johnson said those numbers have become all too familiar. For 13 consecutive weekends this year, at least 39 people have been shot in Chicago.
The superintendent said 77 percent of the victims from this weekend’s shootings already were known to police, and between them have been arrested a combined 672 times.
“At the end of every weekend, I review the details of the violence that occurs in some of our communities, and quite frankly, I’m just sick of it. There’s no other way to describe it. I’m just sick of it,” he said.