Police Supt. Brown praises officers, community workers for efforts on Memorial Day weekend

After one of the least deadly Memorial Day weekends in recent years, the city’s top cop on Tuesday praised his officers as well as community outreach workers for making the difference.

“They are out there until 2, 3 and 4 in the morning with our Chicago police officers, intervening in ways that Chicago police officers can’t to reduce the violence,” Supt. David Brown said during a briefing at police headquarters.

Three people were killed and 34 others suffered nonfatal gunshot wounds over the weekend.

While the overall tally was the same, this weekend was less deadly than in 2018 when seven were killed and 30 others wounded. Last year, 10 people were shot dead and 39 others wounded over the holiday weekend.

Most of the people shot this weekend — 21 of them — were attacked on the South Side, according to a Sun-Times analysis. The Grand Crossing and Deering police districts had the most shootings with 5 each, trailed by four shot in South Chicago.

The West Side saw only one fatal shooting over the weekend.

Brown said it was far too early, based on the weekend numbers, to draw too many conclusions about the success of an anti-violence program Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled last week.

“We have a lot of work to do. No one is celebrating,” Brown said.

Police also pointed to the work of the Chicago Buildings Department, which shut down illegal parties and gatherings.

Lightfoot’s anti-violence strategy targets 15 of the city’s most violent police districts. City departments will assign staff to those districts on the South and West sides. Working with faith-based organizations and nonprofits, the city aims to beef up everything from summer work opportunities for youth to streetlight repair and graffiti removal programs.

“If we can make a meaningful difference in these areas, we will make a meaningful difference in the entirety of public safety across the whole city,” the mayor said Friday in announcing what she described as a “whole-of-government” approach.

Contributing: Sun-Times Wire

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