Shootings in Chicago this weekend left five dead and nearly three dozen wounded, Breitbart reported, adding to the growing number of casualties that have come in the wake of often-violent protests over the recent death of 46-year-old George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police.
According to Breitbart, another 85 were shot, “24 fatally, during the last weekend of May 2020,” in Chicago, while “more than 40 people were shot, ten fatally, in Chicago over Memorial Day Weekend 2020,” just ahead of Floyd’s May 25 death.
Crime running rampant
Of course, that’s just in Chicago. On the East Coast, New York City is also seeing an uptick in crime amid the unrest. Murders and shootings were way up last week from the same time last year, according to the New York Post, as protests that soon turned into riots and looting over Floyd’s death flared in the Big Apple.
While many in the media have downplayed the mayhem occurring in cities across the nation, the statistics on violent crime in New York indicate that an impression of anarchy is not off the mark. According to the Post, there were 13 murders in the city between June 1 and June 7 of this year, compared to five during the same time in 2019 — and there were 40 shootings, compared with 24 last year.
That was also the highest number of shootings in a week since 2015, and at least one shooting was linked to looters, the Post noted.
There was also a 400% jump in reports of burglaries in NYC between June 1 and June 7 since last year, according to Fox News, and Fox Business has reported similar upticks “in burglaries, shootings, and even, in some cases, murders” in cities like Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
Police face violent backlash
Meanwhile, New York’s finest have complained about mistreatment by leaders in the Big Apple and New York state as they face a rising wave of anti-police sentiment that has gotten violent in some instances. Hundreds of cops with the New York Police Department (NYPD) have sustained injuries throughout the protests, which have seen demonstrators toss Molotov cocktails at police cars and throw dangerous projectiles at officers in some cases, according to NBC New York.
Some cops have even been shot and stabbed, the New York Post reported.
The police have also faced criticism for their handling of the unrest, and at least one officer was charged for tossing a protester to the ground, NBC New York reported.
But according to Fox, police unions in New York have warned that taking a heavy hand to how cops do their jobs will send the wrong message to criminals, a warning that appears to have been borne out somewhat.
“There’s been a message not only from our City Hall but from the statehouse, that says there will be a soft touch — and the criminals know it,” New York City Police Benevolent Association president Patrick Lynch said, according to Fox.
Indeed, it’s time to lay down the law. While protests against government overreach may be distinctly American, violence and destruction is anything but.