Chicago's violent crime problem seems to be spreading to the historically safe "north side" neighborhoods. The spike in crime on the north side comes as Chicago's police department has diverted more officers to the city's violent south and west side neighborhoods to fight extreme levels of violence there. As reported by local Chicago news station WGN, violent crime is up 61% in the Loop this year with Near North Side up 50%, Lincoln Park up 42% and Edgewater up 44%.
WGN also reports that officers have seemingly lost control of Chicago's streets as they're growing increasingly hesitant to confront people out of fear of being humiliated by the next viral arrest video. Meanwhile, local gangs are reported to be offering incentives to "cop killers."
Officers are reportedly more hesitant to confront people engaging in criminal activity, for fear of having their arrests posted on viral video.
Some local gangs are said to be offering incentives to cop killers.
Per data collected by HeyJackass!, while crime on the north side is elevated it's still no where near the level of violence reported in the city's infamous south and west side neighborhoods like Austin, Englewood and Garfield Park.
Chicago experienced a violent weekend with over 50 shootings and 7 homicides reported in just 2 days.
With 470 homicides expected by the end of August, Chicago is well on its way to eclipsing the 508 homicides committed throughout all of 2015.