Chicago hosts police summit on reducing crime, promoting trust

- Less than 48 hours after Chicago's most deadly day of shootings since 2003, the problem of violent crime was on the minds of police chiefs from around the country who came to Chicago for a one day summit to look for solutions.

“What really struck me during our conversations today is that all of us basically have the same exact issues going on in all of our cities,” said Eddie Johnson, Chicago Police Superintedent.

Those issues centered around too many guns, too many repeat offenders, and a lack of tough gun laws that they chief said are needed to provide real accountability for violent criminals.

“Right now our criminal offenders find it more risky to get caught without their gun than to get caught with their gun, because the penalty on the street is much more severe than anything we can marshal to deter them from carrying guns illegally,” said Edward Flynn, Milwaukee Police Chief.

Superintendent Johnson pointed to a disturbing find that came out of the summit.

“Some of those lessons include that in most cases, offenders arrested for retail theft serve more time in jail, pretrial, than gun offenders,” Johnson said.

Chicago still has far more homicides and shootings this year than any other city. In fact, it has more than New York City and Los Angeles combined. And while the chiefs declined to reveal specific solutions they discussed, so gangs would not gain an upper hand, they made it clear they want to help one another fight the common enemy: gun violence.

“I think the strength of our cities is the collaboration that we had here today and that we're gonna continue to do to work in our communities and make sure that people are safe,” said Cathy Lanier, Washington DC Metro Police Chief.

The findings will be presented to the FBI Director at a meeting next month.

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