If any city in America could claim that 2016 was a bad year, it’s Chicago. The third largest city in America had a terrible crime wave including 762 homicides — more than New York and Los Angeles combined.
Many are looking for someone to blame, but according to the city’s former Superintendent of Police Garry McCarthy, the responsibility lies with the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement.
McCarthy was on billionaire John Catsimatidis’ radio show on Sunday and said that police had become noncompliant because of the movement’s efforts to shame any law enforcement officer even accused of abusing their power.
“What is happening is — and this is ironic — that a movement with the goal of saving black lives is at this point is getting black lives taken because 80 percent of our murder victims here in Chicago are male blacks,” McCarthy said.
The former police superintendent has a personal reason to spite the group. He lost his job after the BLM-led protests against McCarthy following the release of a videotape showing police shooting 17-year old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014.
Nonetheless, McCarthy is not the only one claiming that BLM’s anti-police sentiments have had an effect on law enforcement.
Back in July 2016, Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke penned an op-ed to Fox News arguing that BLM was responsible for the hatred of law enforcement leading to a rise in police assassinations and making black communities more dangerous as a result.
Current Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement on Sunday that Illinois’ lax enforcement of gun laws were responsible for the rise in crime and was preparing new initiatives to thwart crime in the new year including additional street cameras and the expansion of gunshot-detection systems.
(h/t The Daily Mail)