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No Questions To Obama About Chicago Crime?

From those champions of law and order at the Associated Press:

Chicago Police receive a briefing after a roll call at 68th ...

Chicago Police receive a briefing after a roll call at 68th and Marshfeld Streets on the south side of Chicago Friday, April 25, 2008.

Chicago plans show of force to deter its killing season

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) — Police planned to increase patrols and put SWAT officers and specialized units on the streets over the weekend, a show of force aimed at deterring violence like the three dozen shootings that left nine people dead last weekend.

“Weather permitting, we will have our helicopter up,” said police spokeswoman Monique Bond, who said Thursday night was relatively quiet, with only four shootings, none fatal.

Meanwhile, religious leaders said they had persuaded some churches to open their doors in the afternoons and evenings to protect people from gunfire.

“We just picked up about four more churches in Austin [a neighborhood on the city’s West Side] that are going to open their doors as a safe haven,” said Ira Acree, an activist and pastor of the Greater St. John Bible Church.

The recent violence followed a six-month period during which more than 20 Chicago public school students were shot to death.

On Friday, Mayor Richard Daley took the unusual step of calling together more than two dozen officials from the police department, schools, social service agencies and religious groups for a City Hall summit on the violence. Afterward, he said it was just the start of a continuing dialogue about how to combat violent crime.

A fired-up Daley blasted the gun industry and called on parents and adults to do their part by intervening to help troubled youth and by working to keep others on the right path…

It is key for children to be occupied in after-school or other programs so they stay out of trouble, especially when they’re not in a classroom, Daley said…

And Tio Hardiman, executive director of CeaseFire, an anti-violence group, said young people need help finding alternatives to the streets.

“We need to go right to the corners and find out what some of these young people want to do, identify some employers that are willing to hire maybe 30 from this neighborhood, 30 from another neighborhood and try to get them hired somewhere so then we can get them off the corners.” …

Hardiman said he expected that violence would not be as bad this weekend because of the police presence and other steps by community groups, including his group’s efforts to talk to gang members and mediate disputes. Last weekend, there were 36 shootings — at least 14 of which police believed were gang related.

But he said he’s concerned about possible repercussions from a shooting at a McDonald’s on Monday night that left one man dead and four others injured.

The area where the shooting took place is believed to be a stronghold of the Gangster Disciples street gang and Hardiman said he’s concerned that someone may try to retaliate.

Isn’t this Barack Obama’s home turf? (Inasmuch as he has a home.)

Isn’t Chicago the site of all of his amazing work as a community organizer? The work on which he has based his bid for the Presidency?

Indeed, it was through his work with the local Chicago churches that Mr. Obama came into the orbit of the Reverend Doctor Wright.

And yet the media have not been asking Mr. Obama about what he would do to staunch this crime wave? What this says about his storied accomplishments there?

Why is that?

As is said of the architect Christopher Wren, “if you seek his monument, look around.”

(Of course the truth is that the only achievement Mr. Obama can claim from his “organizing days” is the removal of some asbestos from a small housing project. And the people directly involved say he didn’t even have much to do with that.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, April 26th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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