Chicago has seen homicides spike 52% from the same time frame last year, according to police records.
USA Today reports that Cook County, which is the country’s second-largest county, reported more homicides so far this year than it did in all of 2019.
According to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, 95% of the incidents involved people of color.
The newspaper reports that dozens of children under 10 residing in Chicago have been shot, some fatally, as the city deals with the coronavirus pandemic, unemployment, and ongoing protests.
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