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Chicago sees murder spike in August amid ‘tough days’ for police division

Chicago noticed a major leap in homicides in August in comparison with the identical timeframe final yr, highlighting the “tough days” the police division confronted in a month that noticed one in every of their very own violently killed. 

The Chicago Police Division mentioned Wednesday that town skilled 78 murders final month, a 22% improve in comparison with August 2020. 

In complete, murders have elevated 3% throughout town in comparison with final yr, the division mentioned. 

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Chicago Police investigate a crime scene where three people were shot at the Wentworth Gardens housing complex in the Bridgeport neighborhood on June 23. The city reported 78 murders in August, a 22% jump compared to August 2020, the Chicago Police Department said Wednesday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Chicago Police examine against the law scene the place three folks had been shot on the Wentworth Gardens housing complicated within the Bridgeport neighborhood on June 23. The town reported 78 murders in August, a 22% leap in comparison with August 2020, the Chicago Police Division mentioned Wednesday. (Picture by Scott Olson/Getty Photos) (Scott Olson/Getty Photos)

“We deeply perceive how necessary it’s for our residents to really feel protected inside our neighborhoods throughout town,” police Superintendent David Brown mentioned in an announcement. 

The worrying figures got here weeks after Chicago police officer Ella French was gunned down throughout a site visitors cease. She was shot within the head and her accomplice, Carlos Yanez Jr., is recovering from his accidents. 

Two brothers are charged in connection to the killing. Eric Morgan, 22, is charged with aggravated illegal use of a weapon, illegal use of a weapon by a felon, and obstruction of justice. A 3rd police officer shot him as he ran from the scene, police mentioned. 

Monty Morgan, 21, is charged with first-degree homicide of a peace officer, tried homicide of two different officers, illegal use of a weapon, and aggravated illegal use of a weapon. 

Monty "Emonte" Morgan, middle, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Chicago police officer Ella French, left, as well as attempted murder and other charges. His brother, right, was also charged. 

Monty “Emonte” Morgan, center, 21, is charged with first-degree homicide within the deadly taking pictures of 29-year-old Chicago police officer Ella French, left, in addition to tried homicide and different fees. His brother, proper, was additionally charged.  (Chicago Police Division )

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In his assertion, Brown mentioned the division was “re-tooling” its crime-fighting methods to fight the spike in violence. 

Regardless of the uptick in murders, town noticed 20-year document lows in burglaries and robberies in August. Eight districts additionally noticed 20-year lows in automobile thefts, police mentioned. 

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