Chicago Police Department Loses One of Its Own in Traffic Shooting
The Chicago Police Department is mourning another tragic and senseless death. A female police officer was shot dead on Saturday night, calling into question once again how the city is dealing with violent crime.
Details of Officer Shooting
The female officer was shot along with a colleague during a traffic stop in the Englewood area at 63rd Street and Bell Avenue. Both officers were rushed to the medical center of the University of Chicago.
According to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, the female officer was pronounced dead while the other officer was seriously wounded. As of early Sunday, this officer was in critical condition fighting for his life.
Another Violent Weekend, Claiming Nine Lives
It was a violent weekend on the streets of Chicago. There were at least 58 additional gunshot victims, including nine deaths. And that was all before the weekend was officially over. Of these events, two were mass shootings with one triple shooting.
Chicago City Response
The weekend of violence came just days after Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the launch of a new Community Safety Coordination Center. According to Lightfoot, the center will address violent crimes and take preventative steps to alleviate this burden on the city.
The center will bring all of the city’s available resources together under one umbrella. Lightfoot said that the goal is to use what they learned during fighting the COVID-19 pandemic as a team to collaborate with different agencies to also take on the issue of violent crime. This includes collaborating with educational groups, faith communities, victim services, and more.