Johnson Says He Is Far From Satisfied In Decrease Of Shootings, Victims

Bob Roberts
May 30, 2018 - 7:36 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Seven murders occurred in Chicago over the holiday weekend, despite deployment of some 1,300 extra police officers.

That represents an increase from the six murders that were recorded a year ago, but the number of shootings dropped from 33 to 25 and the number of victims from 44 to 29.

The numbers give Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson reason for encouragement, although he is far from satisfied.

"We did see some reduction in the holiday violence in comparison to last year. I am not happy with it, of course. I won't be happy until we have zero murders and zero shootings, but there was some progress made, so I am happy about that. 

"I am happy with the activity that the police officers conducted. They really conducted themselves professionally and admirably, despite the heat and the large crowds that we saw," he said.

The department's figures do not include the deaths of teenager China Marie Lyons-Upshaw or Chicago Fire Department diver Juan Bucio. Their deaths are deemed to be accidental.

CPD defines the weekend from 6 p.m. Friday through 11:59 p.m. Monday.