Chicago Top Cop: ‘It’s not a police issue, it’s a society issue’

After another violent holiday weekend, Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Tuesday his department is doing all it can to combat violence rooted in “impoverished neighborhoods” where “people without hope do these kinds of things.”

“It’s not a police issue, it’s a society issue,” Johnson told reporters outside police headquarters after a long weekend that saw 65 people shot, 13 of them fatally.

“Impoverished neighborhoods, people without hope do these kinds of things,” he said. “You show me a man that doesn’t have hope, I’ll show you one that’s willing to pick up a gun and do anything with it.”

“Those are the issues that’s driving this violence. CPD is doing its job,” he continued.

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  1. Russ

    it is, sadly, black culture. when nearly 30% of black kids don’t finish high school, you can’t blame society. even more dismally, over 50% of black students enrolled at college don’t graduate. and when almost 70% of the children born are to single moms, that isn’t a racial issue. nobody is holding these young people back apart from a perpetual victim mentality – poor me, i’m oppressed! well no, you’re not.

  2. Patrick

    Superintendent Johnson is correct. People without hope do desperate things just to survive. That said, there seems to be the idea in Black communities, even nation-wide, that LEOs are out to get them, and that perception needs to change, and it has to come from the top down to the cop on the beat and on patrol.

    • Katrina

      The police are fully aware. The black communities need to change their behavior and perception, also. Many comments lately show them looking for something to label racist when it isn’t there.

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