UPDATE: The gravely-injured man has died. A CWB source tells us that police suspect Monday’s second shooting incident was retaliation for the first.
Monday, Uptown achieved s***show status.
Three shot in two incidents within hours. Two victims will be ok. The third will probably die died this morning.
An Alderman Experiments
After a boy in his ward received a daylight bullet to the head in the middle of a bustling intersection last fall, Uptown Alderman James Cappleman said he and other aldermen were
“insisting on a commitment of more police officers on the street before we vote on the 2014 City Budget [sic].“
Cappleman changed his mind. Rather than pressing for a return of our cops, he settled for what DNAInfo Chicago called “[t]he city’s promise of a one-year pilot program to address public drinking and chronic homelessness in Uptown” as “a viable alternative to more police…”
“I want to try this out. I want to see if it works.”
Cappleman’s ward will have has its 4th homicide of the year with today’s death.
It had one homicide last year.
But, hey. He’s trying things out, seeing if they work.
Soon, the City Council will charade its way through hearings on the 2015 police budget. Aldermen will propose experiments. Others will claim a “tough decision” caused them to hamstring our cops.
Vote accordingly when the city’s elections arrive in February.