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Chicago’s Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot has said the city’s youth are “unloved” after police revealed more than 50% of carjackings are carried out by juvenile suspects.
“There are too many young people in this room who feel unloved, and we have to change that if we’re going to change the trajectory of their lives,” Lightfoot said during a town hall with Chicago Youth at the Harold Washington Library Saturday.
Chicago police recently released data showing that 57% of carjackings in the city are committed by juvenile suspects.
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Lightfoot said Chicago couldn’t “stop” because of rising crime, Fox 32 reported.
The mayor suggested in February that the city’s carjacking spikes were linked to remote learning triggered by the coronavirus.
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“We started to see this increase in cases in 2020. And I’m going to be upfront and say that in Chicago, there was a correlation that we think between remote learning and the increase in carjackings,” had she said at the time.
Shootings and homicides are down in the city so far this year. There were 508 shootings at the end of March this year, compared to 582 shootings during the same period this time last year. There have been 128 homicides so far this year, down 7% from the same time last year.
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Other crimes, such as carjackings, are on the rise. There have been around 433 carjackings in the city this year and 72 arrests for vehicle hijacking. There were approximately 425 carjackings during the same period in 2021.