Area activists say Chicago’s growing murder rate is not lost on them. They say while they don’t want to criticize police efforts, they say law enforcement needs to be more proactive to stop shootings and murders.
Tio Hardiman, formerly of the violence prevention group Ceasefire, says he wants resources to train hundreds of people in “the art of violence interruption.” Hardiman says he needs millions of dollars for such training.
CPD did not return requests for comment.
In August, Chicago has had close to 80 murders. That’s almost twice what it was this time last year.
WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo reports.