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Chicago Experiences High Fatality Rates in August

By Jocelyn Padilla

   August 2016 has officially become one of the deadliest months the “Windy City” has seen in the last 20 years.  

   As of August 30, over 80 fatalities have been reported, along with more than 400 shootings in Chicago, Illinois (courtesy of the Chicago’s WGN-TV).  

   “I know what I heard on the news, I know during the weekend there was multiple shootings. At the same time was also when we had the police officer shot in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana,”  Officer Bowers, said.

   As the number of fatalities rise, many wonder what is happening in Chicago.  

   “I love Chicago, I have been there many times. It’s a great city; but there is a problem that exists in all the major cities of our country. Where there is income disparity, you have a lot of people who have a lot of money and you have a lot of people that have almost no money. People don’t have their needs being met and they get a little more desperate, they are going to do things in order to survive. In some cases it creates really dangerous situations,” Eric Davis, social studies teacher, said.

   Law enforcers are working on a way to end this high rate of homicides in the streets of Chicago. The use of illegal guns in Chicago are temping lawmakers. Even if it means for harder sentences towards the criminals that are caught for carrying illegal guns.