violent weekend came as the department announced on Saturday that crime
was down 9% in the first five months of 2019, compared with the same
period last year.
response to this weekend's deadly violence, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot
told CNN affiliate WLS, that she plans to meet with Chicago Police
officials in what she's calling "accountability Mondays" to discuss
upticks in weekend violence.
bringing in the Superintendent, the Deputy Chief of Patrol, and any
other commander whose district saw an uptick in violence over the
weekend," Lightfoot said.
Police had begun the weekend by touting a drop in crime. A statement
released early on Saturday said that murders were down 7% and shootings
down 13% from January 1 through May 31, compared with those same months a
There were 186 homicides through May 31, compared with 200 by the same time last year, according police department's statement.
The department had previously announced a 10% decrease in homicides
Speaking to CNN affiliate WLS
after the weekend incidents, Lightfoot said, "The level of violence
that we've seen across the city is just totally unacceptable."
Chicago has launched numerous efforts to curb the gun violence.
April, the department launched a summer safety plan that included
increased deployment in high traffic areas and "tech and data-driven"
law enforcement efforts.
Police Department Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said in a statement
in April that he thought the department was "well-prepared to keep the
city safe this summer."
statement released Saturday, Johnson said the department "can always do
better but I believe that our officers work diligently to provide
consistent and fair policing in all of our neighborhoods and our efforts
are paying in dividends."