Supt. Johnson Calls Weekend A Despicable Level Of Violence

Bernie Tafoya
June 03, 2019 - 12:16 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Another violent weekend in Chicago with 52 people shot and 10 people killed.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said there was a "despicable level of violence" this past weekend.

He said much of the shooting was concentrated on the West Side and spilled into the downtown area, with other violence in the Auburn-Gresham community and part of the Morgan Park district.

"As a result, we huddled as a team and implemented increased patrols in areas where we expected to see possible retaliation," he said.

"It appears our incidents on West Side were not random but rather can be tracked to current gang conflicts in the areas and tensions relative to the open-air drug market," said Area North Deputy Chief Al Nagode. 

Johnson said a big part of the problem is criminals who use guns are arrested and are back on the street soon afterwards.

"Until we get an all hands on deck support, then we’re going to continue this," he said. "We know who a lot of these people are and how do we know that? Because we keep arresting them over and over and over and over again and it’s just a vicious cycle."

Deputy Chief Nagode said the community remain key in reducing violence.

"Chicago police cannot keep the communities we patrol safe on our own," he said. "We certainly need everybody’s help. So, please, if you see something, we need you to get involved. We need you to call the police."

Johnson 92 illegal guns were removed from the streets by police this weekend.  He said 18 people were arrested on gun charges.

Area Central Deputy Chief Jose Tirado said much of the violence has gang and narcotics components.

"We have ordered increased bicycle patrols in neighborhoods in an order to stem the violence," Tirado said. "Bike teams will also step up patrols along lakefronts and dedicated tactical saturation teams have been sent out to stabilize areas of retaliation."

If you see something, say something, said Area South Deputy Chief Elgin Holt said.

"Contact the police with information calling 911, by submitting a tip with your phones at"

Although this weekend was the most violent one this year, homicide numbers are continuing a downward trend over the last two years. There were more than 200 fewer homicides in 2018 compared with 2016, according to AP.