Cities Search For Answers In The Midst Of Nationwide Spike In Violence

Despite nationwide lockdowns, cities across the country saw homicides skyrocket in 2020 a 55% jump in Chicago, a 36% jump in LA, and a nearly 45% rise in New York City. Now, at the midway point of 2021, things have only gotten worse. JAMAL: "Are you worried about the rest of the summer?"SALAAM: "Well, yes, I am. I think, I think the direction in which the violence is moving in now, I'm definitely concerned."June 15th was the deadliest day of the year in Chicago so far with 8 murders in less than 24 hours four of which came in one shooting incident. Compared to 2019, shootings and murders are up 56% and 29%, respectively. Tony Salaam works for the violence prevention organization READI, specifically doing outreach in Englewood, the southside neighborhood where the mass shooting took place.

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