Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot blamed her city’s unprecedented crime wave on “unloved youth” this weekend after new data from the police report showed nearly 60% of all carjackings were perpetrated by minors.
“There are too many young people in this room that feel unloved, and we need to change that if we are going to change the trajectory of their lives,” Lightfoot said Saturday.
“We started seeing this rise in cases in 2020. And I’ll be frank and say in Chicago there was a correlation we believe between remote learning and the rise in carjackings,” explained the Mayor in February.
From Fox News:
Shootings and homicides are down in the city so far this year. There were 508 shootings as of the end of March this year, compared to 582 shootings during the same time period this time last year. There have been 128 homicides so far this year, notching a 7% decline over the same time period last year.
Other crimes, such as carjackings, are on the rise. There have been about 433 carjackings in the city this year and 72 vehicular hijacking arrests. There were about 425 carjackings during the same time period in 2021.
Read the full report here.