With more than 500 homicides to date, Chicago is already living its bloodiest year in two decades — and it’s only the tail end of summer.
While the numbers are shocking, the violence visited upon predominately black neighborhoods reveals something less talked about: Chicagoans kill more black people than all of law enforcement does in the entire country. Just reference The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize winning project on police shootings.
WaPo records officer-involved shooting deaths using an online tracker called “Fatal Force.” The database notes that of 667 people killed by police in 2016, 162 were black, or 24 percent.
By comparison, 375 of Chicago’s homicide victims this year are black, a whopping 75 percent. That means African-Americans are more than twice as likely to be gunned down walking the streets of Chicago than while interacting with police nationwide.