Public safety experts and youth advocates pitched ideas ranging from paid peacekeepers to improved transportation.
He’s vowed to add 200 detectives, shut off ShotSpotter, expand crisis teams, create trauma centers and beef up domestic violence efforts.
When Lenard Clark was 13, he was brutally beaten by three white teenagers on the city’s South Side for being Black in a white neighborhood.
A big push for increased violence prevention has been growing in Chicago after a 2016 spike in shootings.
For years Chicago Police leaders have restricted media access to the rank and file. That has hurt public understanding and empathy for cops.
Over the last six years, support for community-based violence prevention has swelled in Chicago. It started with a “really shocking and enormous” increase in shootings.
Anti-violence worker Cecilia Mannion confronts her desire for revenge after the car her kids are riding in is shot up 20 times.
A 14-year-old boy whose father was wounded in a gang shooting faces down threats of violence and the temptations of joining a gang.
When a 7-year-old is murdered, her father faces judgment for gang ties that put her at risk. His gang turns on him when he helps police.
A lack of money means a worker who recently negotiated peace after a triple shooting is facing a potential layoff.