Thanks to a George Soros-funded (to the tune of $2 million) State’s Attorney who selectively charges those arrested for committing crimes, and a political leadership class bent on defunding and destaffing the police, Chicago’s crime rate continues to surge. No surprise there.
Carjackings are rampant, as are shootings and murders. To combat the utter failure of the city’s criminal justice system to hold anyone accountable for violent crime, Chicago’s residents are tooling up. And some media are actually reporting on it!
Carjackings have been on the rise in Chicago for more than a year. After a 135 percent jump in 2020, the trend is continuing with 61 carjackings reported in the first 10 days of 2021.
As city officials and police scramble to address the issue with meetings, City Council hearings and community alerts, some Chicagoans are taking matters into their own hands against the advice of law enforcement: They’re applying for concealed carry permits.
Yes, Murder City USA has a problem outside of the violent perps shooting at the innocent and the not-so-innocent in the nation’s largest open-air shooting range. Among them, carjackings are off the charts. They dominate the home page at CWB Chicago, a website that covers crime in the Windy City.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s hand-selected police superintendent, David Brown, claimed that his department made 1127 carjacking arrests in 2020. CWB Chicago writes that the real number is a tiny fraction of that wild claim:
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown called a press conference Thursday evening to talk about the city’s carjacking problem. He opened his remarks with this claim:
“In 2020, there were 1,417 incidents of vehicular hijackings. Chicago police arrested 1,127 — that’s 1,127 — offenders for these crimes,” Brown said.
That’s false. Completely, off-the-charts not true.
Last year, Chicago police arrested 178 people for vehicular hijackings. Who told us that? The Chicago Police Department.
The other 949 arrests that Brown lumped in with those were for criminal trespass to vehicles, a misdemeanor that simply means someone was inside a car without permission.
In fairness, sources in Chicago law enforcement have told me privately that State’s Attorney Kim Foxx often charges carjackers – or at least persons caught driving carjacked cars – with “CTTV” or criminal trespass to a vehicle, so Brown’s claim isn’t quite as dubious as CWB Chicago suggests.
At the same time, 2021 has already started off with a surge in carjackings.
The recent “ridiculous spike” in carjackings across Chicago is due largely to young people taking cars around the city to joyride in the vehicles then dump them, a police official told aldermen Friday.
Sounds harmless, right? Just kids joyriding. Nevermind that the cars are typically stolen at gunpoint with the message from criminals that non-compliance will result in getting perforated.
There have been 166 carjackings in Chicago so far in 2021, Deenihan said. Police have made 108 arrests, but 58 of those arrestees have been charged only with misdemeanor trespass to vehicle, he said.
Back to the Block Club Chicago story. There’s was nothing harmless about the jackers who struck a Northwestern grad student profiled by the Block Club:
Kelly Milan, a Northwestern graduate student, was carjacked Friday morning in Hyde Park in front of William H. Ray Elementary School.
About 8 a.m., the budding journalist drove her 2014 Jeep Cherokee to the school, 5631 S. Kimbark Ave., to interview students for the Hyde Park Herald.
“I got out of my car and locked my car and was in the middle of the street when I saw a running car in the middle of the street,” Milan said. “Immediately, I thought something bad was going to happen. Then, two guys got out of the car. One guy made eye contact with me and started running towards me. I just started saying ’No, no, no, no, no’ and I winced because he was running towards me and I thought he was going to take me down.
“Then I started saying, ‘Please don’t hurt me, please don’t hurt me.’ He said, ‘Where are your keys?’ and forcibly went through all my pockets. He grabbed my keys and my phone. The other guy was just leaning by the car, watching it.
“I was begging for my life. It was really, really terrifying. You never think you’re going to be a victim of a carjacking, let alone one outside an elementary school at 8 a.m., but here we are and it’s happening.”
Milan’s story is not unique. Carjackings shot up 135 percent in 2020, with 1,415 reported that year compared to 603 in 2019, according to the Chicago Police Department. So far in 2021, carjackings are on a pace to break last year’s record with 61 happening over the first 10 days of the year, up from 22 during the same period in 2020.
And then there are the shootings and homicides. As of Sunday evening, the body count came in at eight homicides and nearly two dozen non-fatal shootings, per HeyJackass.com.
You know how in the Chicago PD television series, the cops always catch their bad guy. In the real world, CPD catches the culprit in just 2.7% (yes, two point seven percent) of non-fatal shootings last year.
In response, a whole lot of Chicago residents are tooling up. Not only are they buying guns and learning how to use them, but they’re applying for their carry licenses.
Sometimes we, as the people of the gun, can drag horses to water, but ultimately people have to decide for themselves to drink in the truth: The only thing that stops bad people with evil in their hearts is a good guy with a gun.