Many on the left have reacted to the death of George Floyd with calls to defund or even abolish the police, with the Minneapolis City Council voting earlier this week to begin the process of dismantling its own police force, according to CBS News.
However, recent events in one major American city provided a graphic reminder of the true threat posed by violent crime: St. Louis saw six people killed over the weekend and another 15 wounded, local NBC affiliate KSDK reported.
Deadly weekend in St. Louis
According to KDSK, the carnage began just after midnight on Friday morning and continued through until 10:30 p.m. on Sunday evening.
Jeffrey Amick, 42, became the first person to lose his life during the spate of violence, as he was pronounced dead at a local hospital after being found early Friday morning near his home on Indiana Avenue with multiple gunshot wounds.
The other five killings took place on Sunday, with four of them occurring after the city’s curfew. Like many cities, St. Louis had imposed restrictions on movement after rioting broke out in the wake of Floyd’s death, although they were lifted on Monday, according to local Fox affiliate KTVI.
St. Louis wasn’t alone in seeing an outbreak of deadly violence recently, however. May 31 reportedly marked Chicago’s deadliest day in six decades, as ABC News noted.
Bloodshed in Chicago
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, some 18 people in the Windy City were murdered in a span of just 24 hours. Max Kapustin, senior director of the University of Chicago crime lab, told the paper he had “never seen anything like it, at all.”
“I don’t even know how to put it into context,” Kapustin added, stressing that the violence was “beyond anything that we’ve ever seen before.”
Rev. Michael Pfleger, noted gun control advocate and priest at Chicago’s St. Sabina Church, was quoted by the New York Post as saying that local residents told him that it was like “open season” in many parts of town.
What’s more, Chicago PBS affiliate WTTW obtained audio of a conference call revealing deep divisions among city leaders on how to address the devastating violence, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot engaging in a profanity-laced clash with a local alderman.
“I’ve got gang-bangers with AK-47s walking around right now, just waiting to settle some scores,” complained 15th Ward Ald. Raymond Lopez. When he demanded to know what Lightfoot was planning to do, the mayor told him that he was “full of s**t” and accused him of wanting “to preen.”
“F*** you then,” Lopez shot back. “Who are you to tell me I’m full of s***?” the alderman raged. “Maybe you should come out and see what’s going on.”