‘Chicago Rules’ columnist William J. Kelly blames Mayor Rahm Emanuel for looking the other way on yet another bloody Memorial Day weekend in Chicago: add 4 dead and 58 shot to the body count.
Kelly, a native of Chicago’s South Side, knows about Chicago’s violence overload first hand. He has been a repeat victim of violence crime in his downtown neighborhood of Streeterville. Just blocks away from Kelly’s home, Pamela Johnson, 32, was killed fleeing from armed robbers Sunday morning after she was hit by a truck going southbound on Lake Shore Drive.
Appearing on Newsmax TV’s “The Hard Line,” Kelly says Chicago police are not to blame.
“The Chicago police – 99.9% of them are great people,” says Kelly. “If you are talking about the .1 percent of police that fail at the impossible job we demand of them, I suppose I agree with you. I think the other .1% have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The community also must take responsibility – I mean every community.”
Kelly is worried more than usual about his hometown and if it will survive the summer months.
“This could go down as as Chicago’s bloodiest summer in history,” he says. “Chicago Police stops are down 90%. Shootings are up 80% and we have Rahm to thank. The Mayor promised to put more police on the street and he didn’t. He overworked them. He took detectives out of high crime areas and we lost our intel.
Rahm has been reclassifying crime stats – including murders – for years.”
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