CPD teams up with FBI, Cook County Sheriff and Illinois State Police to fight violence

CHICAGO (FOX 32 Chicago) - Over the weekend, Chicago police teamed up with state and federal officials in an effort to crack down on an explosion of violence in the city.
 
The crackdown comes after an especially deadly October. Already this year, more than 680 people have been shot dead in Chicago.
 
Police targeted three areas: Auburn-Gresham, Lawndale and Austin. A Chicago Police spokesperson told FOX 32 Chicago that they had made multiple arrests, and had taken one of the city's most dangerous offenders into custody on the West Side.
 
As of 8:30 p.m. Sunday, at least 3 people had been shot and killed, and 28 people others wounded. Last weekend, more than 50 people in Chicago were shot.
 
The new crackdown was announced on Friday night. Police called it a strategic anti-violence mission, and partnered with the Cook County Sheriff's Department, Illinois State Police and the FBI.
 
"All of this is an effort to let people know that we just simply will not tolerate the violence that is going on in our city right now," said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson. 
 
The Auburn-Gresham neighborhood was one of three being flooded with police. Most people we talked with welcomed the increase in police, but said stopping the violence takes teamwork. On Sunday afternoon, Mariah Houston told us that she used to hang out with neighbors to talk, but she now stays indoors to avoid getting shot.
 
"It's crazy everywhere you go," she said. "We all got to make a change somehow."
 
"The entire community has to be on board with assisting the police, in bridging the divide between what happens in the neighborhood and with what the police know," said Tracey Anderson.
 
Another man told us he was happy to see dozens of police cars in his neighborhood on Friday night.
 
"I felt a little more safe," Marvin Johnson said.
 
The crackdown is supposed to continue through Monday morning.
 
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