- The Washington Times - Monday, July 6, 2020

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city’s recent shootings are partly attributable to a fragile “ecosystem of public safety” shattered by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Democrat told CNN Monday that a perfect storm of events converged upon the Windy City, which had 87 shootings from Thursday through Sunday during the holiday weekend.

A 7-year-old girl identified as Natalie Wallace was one of 17 shooting victims who died during the spree of violence.

“All of these forces are coming together at the same time and making it very difficult,” Ms. Lightfoot said, the Daily Caller reported. “The ecosystem of public safety that isn’t just law enforcement but is local, community-based, they, too, have really been hit hard by COVID-[19] and are now just kind of coming back online and getting their footing.”

CNN’s Omar Jimenez punctuated his interview with the mayor with the macabre observation of a victimized family struggling with the death of their 3-year-old: “We now have children carrying the caskets of children.”

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told victims Monday that it was time for harsher sentencing for the city’s criminals. 

“We must keep violent offenders in jail longer,” Mr. Brown said, a local ABC affiliate reported. “We should revamp the electronic monitoring program. The electronic monitoring program, it’s clearly not working. We will not stop until this violence ends.”

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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