October 19, 2012
Filed under : Chicago Gangs
The city of Chicago has seen an almost 25 percent increase in homicides in 2012, leading to the highest homicide rate there in years. The increase in homicides prompted the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, to lecture the gangs, who many blame for the increase in violence. In June, Chicago police announced a $1 million partnership with CeaseFire, an organization that relies on ex-gang members to mediate conflicts and prevent violence. The controversial deal will put 40 “interrupters,” as the group calls them, on the streets in two of the city’s most violent neighborhoods. Four gang members shared their stories of what it’s like inside a gang and how difficult it can be to get out.