Chicago continued to see an upsurge in violence on Tuesday as three teenagers were among twelve gunned down across the city. Pete Keller, a former Chicago gang member and drug dealer, has become an activist in the city to find solutions to improve his community.
Keller said on “The Story” that Mayor Lori Lightfoot is on secondment from the city of Chicago. He urged her to get in touch with grassroots organizations that are already tackling the crime raging in the city.
“Instead of spending so much taxpayer dollars and hundreds of thousands trying to get these tactical units out and put more money in the blue, we need to start dealing with those who are already there to do it. “United said. said the founder of Legion One Nation (ULON).
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Chicago saw 2,800 shootings in 2021, an 11% increase from last year. Over the weekend, the city saw at least 39 people injured in shootings. It comes as the deadline for the town of Lightfoot’s vaccination mandate is set for October 15, which has sparked a backlash among law enforcement.
Chicago Police Union President John Catanzara hit back, telling officers not to share their medical information. He says the warrant will leave Illinois’ largest city without 50 percent police patrols this weekend.
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Keller said the only way to slow down crime is to start with “babies” before they get involved in gang violence and drug trafficking. He added that the gangs do not leave written records.
He urged Lightfoot to move away from the idea of suing “the assets and suing them”. The Democratic mayor said in September she hoped to curb the violence by allowing gang lawsuits before unveiling her $ 16 billion 2022 budget proposal.
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“Now all the kids think there will be no consequences for what they do,” Keller said. “We are going to attack the children, the younger ones, to make them change their minds.”
Keller said there are parents, activists and other organizations on the front lines who are “tired of being tired.” He called on the mayor to join them in “fixing the problem” against the “chaos” of Chicago.