A Cook County, Illinois commissioner flew to New York Thursday to talk to the United Nations about putting peacekeeper troops on patrol in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Fed up with the Windy City body count, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin was in the Big Apple to meet with Oscar Fernandez-Taranco, the UN assistant secretary-general. He told reporters, “There was tribal warfare between the Tutsis and the Hutus in Africa, and they deployed peacekeeping troops there to help save those populations and reduce the bloodshed. We have to do something — black people in Chicago make up 30 percent of the population but 80 percent of those who are killed by gun violence.”
But is intervening in tribal warfare comparable to getting between Chicago gang bangers?
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Besides, according to Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who spoke to WLS, the local ABC affiliate, “The UN has no jurisdiction here. They really have no jurisdiction in this country.”
There have already been more than 600 slayings in Chicago this year, but that’s down from the carnage of 2016 when more than 700 people were murdered.
Boykin’s reference to tribal warfare may not be far off the mark, as much of the violence in Chicago appears to be fueled by gang disputes and drugs.
“There is a quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities,” Boykin told WBBM, the CBS affiliate in Chicago. “Eighty percent of those who are being killed by gun violence are African American, and often killed at the hands of another African American.”
But blue helmets patrolling Chicago’s South Side? What does that say about Boykin’s confidence in the city police department?
“We can’t wait for the mayor to put another 1,000 police officers on the streets, and I’m not so sure that’s going to be the panacea, anyhow,” Boykin said, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Still, Boykin blamed “gun violence” for the murder spree, not people killing other people. By using that term, gun rights activists have long complained, politicians blame the tool rather than the individual using it.
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