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Chicago is home to 2.7 million people, many of which are afraid of being shot if they go outside and they are afraid of the police. Despite all of the strict gun control laws for Chicago, Cook County and Illinois, the Windy City continues to lead the nation is shootings. Last weekend, over 70 people were shot ad 12 of them died.

Most of the gun violence is directly tied to gang activities, but according to Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, abiding by the US Constitution is proving to be more of a hinderance in their attempts to reduce gun violence than it is a help.

(NPR) – Chicago police superintendent Eddie T. Johnson speaks with NPR’s Ari Shapiro about the city’s recent spike in gun violence. The police say repairing their fractured relationship with the community is one way to curb crime.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

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In Chicago, many people are once again questioning the city’s leadership after another spike in gun violence. Last weekend, more than 70 people were shot, 12 of them fatally. For days, there were no arrests reported. Chicago officials and residents pointed fingers at each other. Residents said the mayor and police weren’t doing enough to stop crime while the mayor and police said residents should come forward with information. This afternoon, the superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Eddie T. Johnson, gave us an update.

EDDIE T JOHNSON: We’ve made some arrests. We have some great leads, and hopefully, you know, we’ll bring some more individuals in.

SHAPIRO: Despite this weekend’s violence, Superintendent Johnson told me he sees Chicago as a safe city. He says the problem areas can be pinpointed on a map…

According to Johnson, police are sure they know who is committing many of the shootings, but constitutionally, they can’t act without more proof and that proof is hard to come by because Chicago residents, especially black residents, don’t trust the police and they fear for their safety and lives if they do talk to the police.

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