Barnini Chakraborty, Washington Examiner, July 27, 2021
Chicago’s police superintendent on Monday blamed the court system and progressive soft-on-crime policies for the city’s current crime wave, which saw another blood-soaked weekend during which 70 people were shot and 12 killed.
Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown argued that judges need to stop releasing accused violent offenders before their trial to help stem the dramatic rise of violent criminal activity.
“We are arresting violent offenders, the courts are releasing these people back into the community,” he said.
A frustrated Brown said the city needed to “challenge the courts to render Chicago safe” by “holding offenders in jail longer, not releasing murderers back into our community.”
Electronic monitoring has been a hot-button issue in liberal cities such as Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Miami. Law enforcement authorities have repeatedly singled out the program as a dangerous initiative that puts too many criminals back on the streets and endangers the public.
On average, 3,400 accused offenders in Cook County are out in the community on electronic monitoring at any given time, NBC5 reported.
In Chicago, more than 100 murder suspects have been roaming the streets with ankle bracelets.
In April, a 7-year-old girl was killed after being shot multiple times at a McDonald’s drive-thru by someone authorities said had been let out of jail on electronic monitoring.
Police have also pointed to other homicides, stabbings, and carjackings allegedly committed by people wearing electronic monitors.
Chicago police have also expressed concern about retaliatory shootings and the danger they pose for those caught in the crossfire.