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Chicago Gang violence heats up
Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:33AM
Ashantai Hathaway, Press TV, Washington
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In the US, the city of Chicago is blaming high unemployment and gang violence for a recent spike in murders in the city.

Authorities say the city's police force is doing all it can to put an end to the violence but so far, nothing has worked.

The city of Chicago is experiencing murders at a record level. In just six months, there have been 228 murders, up 35 percent since last year and twice as many as the number of Americans lost on the battlefields of Afghanistan over the past six months.

Pastor Robin Hood lives in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.

Across Chicago murder rate is now at two a day. Just this past Friday through Sunday nine people were killed and two more were gunned down just hours later.

Chicago police Superintendent Gary McCarthy believes most of the violent crime in the city is gang-related.

Chicago has the largest gang population in the country, with approximately 100,000 members who commit 75 to 80 percent of the city's homicides. The violence increasingly claims innocent bystanders just recently a pregnant 17-year-old girl was killed by a stray bullet through her living room window.

Chicago has a police force made up of 12,000 officers. Police are now targeting high crime areas for more frequent patrols, and a new law signed yesterday by Illinois governor holds gang leaders responsible for the crimes of their organizations.
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