The violence in Chicago is so out of control, a local leader is ignoring federal offers for help and making an appeal to the world to do something.
Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin flew to New York to meet with representatives of the United Nations on Thursday and reportedly talked about the world body deploying people to help with “peace keeping efforts” on U.S. soil.
I had a great meeting at the United Nations today! There was a great discussion. More details to come! pic.twitter.com/86S9RtdHQi
— Richard Boykin (@RichardRBoykin) December 15, 2017
“Look, this gun violence in Chicago is still out of control. Quite frankly, we’ve got too many young people of color who are being killed by gun violence. And of course it’s a genocide that’s not being talked about nationwide or even here in Chicago,” Boykin tells CLTV.
While CLTV reports Boykin isn’t “getting specific” about what the UN can do, the commissioner tells ABC 7, “I’m hoping to appeal the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peace keeping efforts.”
According to ABC 7, Boykin met with an Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations.
“We’ve had over 600 people killed by gun violence already this year alone. That is a huge number, in my community of Austin we’ve had 450 people shot and 80 people killed this year alone 18 so we have to do more to protect these communities,” Boykin says.
CLTV reports “As of Wednesday morning, 814 fewer people have been shot and there have been 624 homicides in Chicago, down 15 percent compared to 734 on this date last year.”
Meanwhile, President Trump again drew attention to the violence in Chicago during a speech to FBI academy graduates.
While talking about a rise in violent crime, Trump said, “And you look at what’s going on in Chicago, what the hell is going on in Chicago?
“What the hell is happening there?” he said to a smattering of applause.
He noted a person is shot in the city every three hours.
“You don’t think the people in this room would stop that? They’d stop it,” he told the graduates.