Chicago has had quite a rough year with almost 4,000 shootings and over 600 homicides this year. Something has got to be done!
Just a few days ago while heading to New York to meet with Fernandez-Taranco Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin shared his plans of reaching out to the United Nations in hope that Chicago could obtain some kind of Peacekeeping support. This help is needed as the horrific levels of shootings continue to increase. This organization stepping in could be exactly what Chicago needs.
“I’m hoping to appeal to the UN to actually come to Chicago and meet with victims of violence, and maybe even possibly help out in terms of peacekeeping efforts, because I think it’s so critical for us to make sure that these neighborhoods are safe.”
“There is quiet genocide taking place in too many of our communities. Eighty percent of those who are being killed by gun violence are African American and often killed at the hands of another African American. So we must protect these population groups, and that’s what the United Nations does. They’re a peacekeeping force. They know all about keeping the peace, and so we’re hopeful that they’ll hear our appeal.”
“They’ve been able to help places like Africa and abroad, where they’ve sent troops in and sent forces in to help protect minority and vulnerable populations, and so quite frankly I think the same can be said for here in Chicago. I’m talking about physical security. I’m also talking about maybe suggestions for what we can do in Chicago to help protect our minority populations. We’re being, again, decimated by the violence that we see here in Chicago. I mean this is really a genocide, and we have to do something to stop it.”
Whether or not something will come from this is unknown at this time. As you may know, UN peacekeepers are not typically deployed to places like Chicago. They are generally found in places that are considered to be war zones. They are most of the time dealing with things like rebel fighters, terrorist groups, and so forth which are not present in Chicago.
To hear the Commissioner Boykin speak please check out the video below. Boykin seems to believe the UN is the best option for this kind of thing as while sending in the National Guard was suggested he believes it would be a mistake to do so as they are not technically trained in ‘peacekeeping.’ What do you think will come of this?
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