Weekend Gun Violence Media Coverage

The Weekend of June 12-14th was marred by another mass shooting on the South Side in the Chatham neighborhood, the second in two weeks. According to the Sun Times, the gunman wounded nine people and killed a mother of three. The Sun Times tracker reported less overall shootings this weekend compared to last, but this weekend nearly every police district reported a shooting.

    An interesting feature by Fox32 Chicago and others reported on business owners in Chatham who remain resilient by offering tokens of peace. Brown Sugar Bakery, a local Chatham owned business, was selling cupcakes with the word “Peace” on them to customers who said the word peace at the register. Going into the community and talking to community leaders after a tragedy like this is the humane way to look at a neighborhood after a mass shooting.

    WTTW published an article Sunday morning titled “Rash of Mass Shootings Stirs US Fears Heading Into Summer,” mostly discussing Chicago. WTTW acknowledged that the bump in shootings seems to be nationwide and not impacted by cities that did or did not cut budgets after protests last summer. They did a good job acknowledging both sides of the debate, and addressed sociological reasons why this summer may shape up to be so violent after the pandemic.

    Looking at the media coverage of one of the first hot muggy weekends where people are outside, it’s no surprise that 55 articles were posted on a violent summer weekend compared to a mere 21 back in February. Chicago is currently 21 murders higher than we were at this point last year, according to the Chicago Tribune tracker project.



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Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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