Chicago suffered a massive spike in both gun incidents and murders throughout July as protests and riots swept the city, according to police statistics.
The Chicago Police Department counted 105 murders in July alone, a 139 percent increase over July 2019, which saw 44 murders. Police counted 406 shooting incidents, a 75 percent rise compared to July 2019’s total of 232.
The unprecedented violence has left police scrambling for a response even as Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot squabbles with President Donald Trump over whether federal agents are needed to help the city.
Chicago saw a 75% increase in shooting incidents and 139% increase in murders for July 2020 compared to the same month a year ago, according to police data. https://t.co/zhhWvLzMeH
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) August 1, 2020
The city’s murders are up 51 percent when comparing the January-July periods from 2020 and 2019, and shootings have jumped 47 percent for the same period.
Police announced a new task force aimed at cutting back on the violence, the Sun-Times reported. (RELATED: ‘Right Back At You, Clown’: Chicago Mayor Critical Of Her Embattled Police Force)
“As we continue moving more officers into the districts and closer