Chicago police superintendent David Brown told reporters Monday that attacks on police officers are up “five times” over previous years amid a spike in shootings that has left the city reeling.
Last week, 72 people were shot and wounded in Chicago and 18 people were killed, a slight increase over 2019. Overall, though, the summer has been a deadly one for Chicago residents; murders and shootings are each up 52% over last year, according to the Chicago Police Department’s official statistics.
Brown noted that Chicago police officers are being targeted at a rate five times higher than in “any previous year” in the city.
“Dozens of Chicago police officers have been shot or shot at so far this year — including as recently as this weekend — when the Illinois city saw 35 shootings and at least 10 murders through Sunday,” Fox News reports.
“Of the 65 Chicago police officers who have been shot at, 10 have been struck, Chicago Police Superintendent David O. Brown said during a Monday morning