Chicago On Track To See Highest Murder Tally Since 1996

At least 524 residents had been murdered by the end of August, according to Chicago Police.

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Police tape marks off a street as officers investigate a fatal shooting on Chicago’s South Side on June 15. In the first eight months of 2021, the city saw more murders than any year since 1996. Teresa Crawford / AP
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Police tape marks off a street as officers investigate a fatal shooting on Chicago’s South Side on June 15. In the first eight months of 2021, the city saw more murders than any year since 1996. Teresa Crawford / AP

Chicago On Track To See Highest Murder Tally Since 1996

At least 524 residents had been murdered by the end of August, according to Chicago Police.

As the summer comes to an end, Chicago is on track to have its highest murder count since 1996. So what is the city doing to stop the violence and protect its residents? Reset checks in with WBEZ’s Chip Mitchell for the latest.

GUEST: Chip Mitchell, WBEZ criminal justice reporter