The editors of the Wall Street Journal make an observation very similar to the one I made:
The shooting in Buffalo on Saturday has horrified Americans, but it was massacre as usual in Chicago this weekend and few outside the Windy City noticed.
At least 33 people were shot, five fatally, according to police. Five of the victims were in the 1st police district, which covers the downtown Loop and Near South Side. The city’s daily mayhem isn’t limited to high-crime neighborhoods but has spread to busy commercial areas. Shootings in the 1st district are up 60% over last year.
Sixteen-year-old Seandell Holliday was shot in the chest and killed in downtown Millennium Park. He’s the 97th child shot and 20th slain this year. The previous weekend 24 people were shot, six fatally.
Sunday was the first day in three weeks without a homicide. The balance of the editorial is devoted to an analysis of Mayor Lightfoot and the City Council’s strategy for restoring peace to downtown Chicago.
Missing from their analysis is a reality: Chicago has more police officers relative to its population than either New York or Los Angeles. Frankly, I’m skeptical that more police officers even more better-trained police officers will do much about the situation in Chicago. What will they do when flash mobs consisting of a couple of hundred teenagers suddenly appear downtown? My guess: nothing. There is clearly a pathology at work far beyond the capacity of the Chicago Police Department.