Police out in force after Chicago sees bloodiest weekend - KMSP-TV

Police out in force after Chicago sees bloodiest weekend this year

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Police and people in neighborhoods like Englewood are hoping to see a calmer Monday than what they had to deal with over the weekend.

Englewood District officers gathered for an outdoor roll call, preparing for more potential violence. They met near where a man was shot and killed last week and not far from where a 15-year-old was killed in a police-involved shooting Sunday night.

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In that case, police say Michael Westley pointed a gun at officers who shot him. He was later found to have a second weapon in his waistband.

Through Sunday night, at least eight people killed by gun violence and another 41 were injured.

On Monday afternoon, Rochelle Wilson played with her daughter at a park near their Englewood home. She said she felt safe in the middle of the afternoon, but said she would not be out after dark.

"When the weather hits, the weather changes and it gets hot outside it gets worse," Wilson said. "It's not a day that won't go past that someone does not get harmed or is getting killed."

At St. Sabina's church, the Monday night Peacemakers basketball league was making a difference, hopefully.

"You got guys who are rivals on the street, can come in here play ball together, then over a period of weeks, they have names, they know each other, they're ball players, so you got to build relationships, but then you got to offer options otherwise whatever we do out here is gonna be a pause, it's not gonna stop the real problem," Father Michael Pfleger said.

It's a problem that continued when a 19-year-old on a bike was shot and wounded in Englewood Monday afternoon.

Rasheeday Muhammed, who took her kids to the same Engelwood Park, said she believes police are making a difference, but can only do so much.

"I think it's always gonna be what it is because you have the people who is pulling triggers," Muhammed said. "They just have the mentality that they don't care."

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