Chicago police arrested more than 300 people and confiscated over 100 guns when they busted street gang drug sales operations in 10 police districts across the city over the weekend, officials said.
But the police sweeps did not stop the bad guys from posting some big numbers too: Seven killed and 37 shot from Thursday through Sunday.
The sweeps targeted districts that had the biggest jumps in shootings and were part of a overall strategy to reduce violence, officials said. Most of those arrested were convicted felons and 99 percent were gang members, they added.
“We’re talking about narcotics, convicted felons and firearms, that’s the heart of the problem we face,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said in a news conference Sunday. “So, this has a direct impact on what we’re doing to try and prevent gang violence.”
The superintendent conceded the operation had “mixed results as far as stopping shootings and murders,” this weekend.
“Some places did better than others,” he said.
But he added that the main purpose of the sweeps was to get drugs and guns off the streets — leading to future reductions in violence.
Of those arrested, most are convicted felons and 99 percent were gang members.
“We’re talking about narcotics, convicted felons and firearms, that’s the heart of the problem we face,” McCarthy said. “So, this has a direct impact on what we’re doing to try and prevent gang violence.”
Much of the weekend violence was in the 6th district — covering Auburn-Gresham and Chatham — where there were three murders and 11 shootings.
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