Supt. Johnson Announces New Strategy To Stop Repeat Gun Offenders

Rob Hart
July 01, 2019 - 12:15 pm
Supt. Johnson announces new strategy, GunStat

WBBM Newsradio/Rob Hart


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- On a weekend in which 56 people were shot in Chicago, police are rolling out a new strategy that officials believe could lead to tougher sentences for gun offenders.

It's called GunStat, which is a collaborative effort between the Chicago Police Department, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, the U.S. Attorney's office, and Mayor Lightfoot.  Multiple agencies will track the top 20 percent of the worst gun offenders through the criminal justice system from the moment they are arrested.

"We will monitor that individual from beginning to end to see what consequence and how effective that consequence is for that particular individual," said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Supt. Johnson said this has not been done in Chicago.

"These guys aren't being tracked like that, right now, from the time they are arrested until the end of it," he said. "We simply haven't done that before, so I think this will give us a better picture, a better idea of how effective we are doing in terms of holding people accountable for gun offenses." 

Johnson said gun offenders need to be held accountable.  He said bail amounts are too low, and that many people arrested for gun crimes are back on the street before their arrest paperwork has been processed. He said the best way to stop the shootings is to convince people there will be real consequences if they leave the house with a gun. 

"There's a difference between you making that decision if you say 'well if CPD catches me with this gun today, I have to pay $100 bond to get out,' that's easy. Now if you are saying that I have to come up with $4,000-$5,000, then that might make you think twice," he said.

Johnson touted new numbers which say shootings, murders, and other forms of crime have declined in Chicago compared to previous years, but he said there's a long way to go.