Supt. Eddie Johnson decries soft gun sentences, repeat offenders

- Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson had a strong reaction to the weekend gun toll in what has become a disturbing Monday ritual at Chicago Police headquarters.

"At the end of every weekend I review details of the violence that occurs in some of our communities, and quite frankly I'm just sick of it. There's no other way to describe it. I'm just sick of it," Johnson said.

Especially after last weekend, which saw 52 people shot on Chicago's streets, 10 of them fatally.

Johnson said who gets shot and who does the shooting is highly predictable.

Of the 52 shooting victims over the weekend, 40 of them had multiple run-in's with police, resulting in a total of 672 arrests, many of those for gun crimes.

"That's ridiculous," Johnson said. "It's telling us, the city of Chicago, that it's a certain segment of the community that's driving this violence. The police department is doing its job. We're arresting these individuals. Where we're missing the boat is we're not holding them accountable."

Johnson blamed the judiciary for not handing down tougher sentences and said state lawmakers also need to put more teeth in the penalties for gun crimes.

Another troubling sign in the crime stats -- children as shooting victims.

Last week alone three children were shot, including a pair of 6-year-olds.

That brings the total number of children 13 and younger shot in Chicago this year to 27, roughly double the rate of last year.

Johnson said so many kids are becoming victims because shooters don't care who they hit.

"Because these gun offenders don't care, that's why! These repeat gun offenders, they could care less if it's an 80 year old grandmother or a five year old child out there.If they're looking for someone to shoot they could care less who's out there," he said.

Johnson said one of the men shot and killed this weekend was sentenced to five years in prison in April 2015 for unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, yet was already back on the street.

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