Chicago Violence Proves That No Lives Matter

Chicago Violence Proves That No Lives Matter

Chicago Violence Proves That No Lives Matter

In the middle of all the talk about “defunding” law enforcement, no one wants to look at Chicago. If Chicago is this bad WITH law enforcement, imagine what it would be like without any police.

Which is probably why Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, though she talks up police “reform,” has been very careful to not go overboard.

Asked if she believes that police would have less crime to deal with if the city spent less on police and more on other social services like mental health programs and education, Lightfoot said “I don’t think it’s an either/or proposition.”

“The investments that we are committed to making in violence reduction, in mental health, in affordable housing and workforce development; we need to make those investments, period, and we’ve committed to that,” she said. “So it’s not, for me, it’s not an either/or proposition. We absolutely have to have reform and accountability of our Police Department, but equally imperative and urgent is the absolute necessity of investing in communities.”

“Public safety is about a heck of a lot more than just cops in a car, walking a beat. It is about building healthy, vibrant, safe neighborhoods, and we have to get there, exactly through the investments that we’re talking about, and when that happens, you see a community reborn,” she added.”

So here’s the question – how do you promote investment and safety in a city when 60 people are shot within a span of 48 hours, and 9 people are dead, including innocent children?

A 13-year-old girl was killed and two other teens were wounded Saturday night in Austin on the West Side.”

The girl was inside a home about 8:30 p.m. in the 1000 block of North LeClaire Avenue when the shots were fired, and she was struck in the neck, Chicago police said. She was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.”

The Cook County medical examiner’s office identified her as Amaria J. Jones.”

Two boys, 15 and 16, were sitting on a porch when one of them noticed a red laser pointing at him and heard gunfire, police said. The younger boy was struck in the back and the older boy was struck in the leg. They were taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in good condition.”

A 3-year-old boy was fatally wounded about two hours earlier when someone opened fire at his father while they were driving in Austin.”

The toddler, identified as Mekay James, was struck in the back about 6:25 p.m. when someone in a blue Honda pulled behind the black SUV the boy’s 27-year-old father was driving in the 600 block of North Central Avenue and fired several rounds, authorities said.”

A police source said the father was believed to be the intended target of the shooting.”

So, why is the media assiduosly ignoring Chicago, as they always do, when 60 shot and 9 killed, including a three year old boy, would be national and international news if it happened all at once? Why do children’s lives in Chicago NOT matter to activists? Why will there be no marches in the streets demanding justice for Mekay James or Amaria J. Jones?

We all KNOW why – because the narrative must be served at any cost, including the cost of innocent lives. Why can’t we agree that George Floyd was murdered and he should get justice, AND that Mekay and Amaria were murdered and THEY deserve justice as well? Will their killers be caught? Mayor Lightfoot would like to think so.


I think we all would like to believe that Mekay’s and Amaria’s killers would be tracked down and brought to justice. I also think we could all agree, on both sides of the political aisle, that children should always be protected. So, who is going to do the protecting?

There has been a lot of talk about sending in social workers to deal with issues. Who is going to guarantee their safety? And when something goes terribly wrong for a social worker, who do they call? 911. When the CHAZ/CHOP has its first shooting, which resulted in a death, who does “warlord” Raz Simone want to blame? The medics, of course, even though they are unable to move in without police escort, and the crowd refused to let the police in. How does anyone expect that crimes will be dealt with and murders be solved without law enforcement?

This is why Mayor Lightfoot is not jumping onboard the “defund the police” bandwagon. She already has enough problems for someone who has only been mayor for a little over a year. If the police suddenly start calling in sick, or start pulling back from policing, how many more deaths in Chicago will there be?

This weekend isn’t even over, and nine people are dead. There will be no marches for them, not even for the most innocent among them. Mekay James and Amaria J. Jones deserve a march for justice – they will probably get a candlelight vigil at best. They deserve cries for change from community activists demanding an end to gang violence – they will get silence, because they are simply collateral deaths to activists. If the narrative cannot be advanced, then their deaths have no meaning, because their lives did not matter to those who pay lip service to that very slogan.

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  • SFC D says:

    BLM does not care about black lives unless they are ended by white men. They’re irrelevant because they do not feed the rage machine. They serve no political purpose. They are cannon fodder, sacrificed as collateral damage to their “cause”.

  • joetote says:

    Anyone notice in her three hour BS session this last week that went over 10 cable networks, Oprah herself didn’t even mention the genocide in her own city being committed by her own people?

    Until they can address the fact that close to 90% of blacks killed are killed by other blacks, their cause does not mean diddly to me.

  • GWB says:

    If Chicago is this bad WITH law enforcement, imagine what it would be like without any police.
    I don’t know. There’s an argument that it couldn’t get much worse.

    “I don’t think it’s an either/or proposition.”
    Spend more money on everything!

    one of them noticed a red laser pointing at him and heard gunfire
    So, not likely random.

    A police source said the father was believed to be the intended target of the shooting.
    So, by the guilt-by-association the left uses, not so innocent.

    While there are some innocents hurt, what pattern do we notice in Chicago shootings? Hmmmm…. Criminality joins the “victim” and the perpetrator, maybe? Which would be best solved by…?

    Why can’t we agree that George Floyd was murdered and he should get justice, AND that Mekay and Amaria were murdered and THEY deserve justice as well? (emphasis added)
    See, mayor? It’s not an either/or!

    the unfathomable news
    Methinks you do not understand what that superlative means.

    There are simply no words to describe such a heinous, unconscionable act of cowardice
    And yet, you found three words right there in that sentence. *smh*

    you have no place in this city … no shelter to hide
    Well, your record speaks otherwise, mayor. There’s place for lots of them in your city.

    The medics, of course, even though they are unable to move in
    Which is why I advocate walling the place off, letting in nothing and noone. And let out only those who can prove they live there (and they do NOT go back in). This stupidity will die a quick death.

    There will be no marches for them
    Because their deaths do not serve the politics of the progs. They don’t enable the cries of “systemic racism!” and “you should all kneel!”

    because their lives did not matter to those who pay lip service to that very slogan.
    Exactly. If black lives truly matter, we would be working to stop the crime in places like Chicago, working to stop the perceived need for abortion among black women, and trying to help them regain their dignity with work and education. It’s been done before. But, then, they were only dealing a largely racist population, the Dem’s Jim Crow laws, and the KKK. Now, they have their own racial grievance-mongers and race hustlers to confront.

  • John in Indy says:

    The baby-daddy of the dead 3 y.o. had previously been connected with several shootings, as either the target or the suspected shooter. His gang association was not noted in the reports I read.
    Apparently the 3 y.o. was serving as a human shield to make it less likely that he was shot at.
    Note also, that the clearance rate ( that is NOT the rate of arrest and conviction ) for homicides in Chicago is approximately 20%.
    One Chicago solution to unsolved homicides is to pick a dead gang-involved person, and close unsolved homicides by assigning guilt to him, regardless of any evidence otherwise.
    Another tactic is for the Coroner to record the death as “from undetermined cause” which can be to such a ridiculous extent that when a body was found in an abandoned factory, wire tied to a chair, with half of that bodys’ bones broken with a pipe left at the scene, during fall/ early winter, that death was recorded as unknown cause, because they might have died from illness or exposure, as the rats had left little of the flesh to work with.
    Hey, it’s the Chicago way.
    John in Indy

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