Last week we noted that Chicago’s police officers were taking their own lives in record numbers…the devastating consequence of having to work everyday in the “war zone” that is Chicago (see: “Chicago Is A War Zone”: Police Suicide Rate Surges To 60% Above The National Average).
Now, yet another brutal weekend of violence and an ambush of police officers sitting in an unmarked vehicle offers a small glimpse of what Chicago police officers have to face on a daily basis. The escalation in violence this weekend even prompted Chicago’s police department to issue a new bulletin warning officers of an ongoing gang war in which “gunmen are using weapons powerful enough to pierce bullet-proof vests” which shows an increasing tendency to “arm themselves with weapons most associated with soldiers in battle.” Per the Associated Press:
Given the very real possibility that the gang war has not played itself out, the department has saturated the same area with officers and tactical teams, Guglielmi said. It also has issued a warning about gunmen with weapons powerful enough to pierce bullet-proof vests.
“Given the type of shootings and the incident last week (in which two offers suffered gunshot wounds about two miles away) we have put out an officer safety bulletin,” said Guglielmi.
Meanwhile, prosecutors said Monday that a reputed gang member sprayed a police van with more than two dozen rounds from an assault rifle after mistaking the vehicle and plainclothes officers inside for rival gang members.
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