First responders know they have a dangerous job. There is always a possibility that a suspect will pull out a weapon for police officers, whether it be a gun or a knife.
But, what they aren't prepared for is for bait and switch calls that lead to ambushes.
Increase in Shootings
In Chicago, an officer was off-duty and in his personal vehicle, sitting at a stoplight. It was about noon when two gunmen approached the vehicle and shot at him.
Police Superintendent David Brown said, ""We heard some rumors of a carjacking but we don’t know yet. the circumstances suggest several different scenarios of what this might be."
The officer was hit in the side. When officers arrived a the scene, they put him in a squad car and rushed him to the University of Chicago Medical Center for surgery.
According to Fox 32, the officer was in stable condition post surgery.
This officer is the second one to be shot in the last two days. A Gresham District Police Sergeant was shot while he was standing in the police station parking lot.
He was hit in the chin, but it was only a graze. He was treated at the hospital and released to recover.
According to Fox News, he was the first Chicago police officer to be shot in 2021. Brown said, in total, 12 officers have been shot at, but none have been hit before this incident.
Crime stats, in general, have been up in the city. Authorities say 38 people were shot and five people killed in the matter of a weekend.
Brown called for greater consequences for those who perpetrate shootings. He said, "there must be real consequences for violent offenders who choose to engage in gun violence not just against our officers, but all residents of our city."
Soft on Crime
With many major cities going soft on crime, criminals are becoming more brazen. With fewer officers on the streets apprehending suspects, crime will continue to grow.
However, as Brown so aptly put it, if the rest of the justice system does not hold these violent criminals and gangs accountable, it will not matter if the police apprehend them.
The continual catch and release game many cities perpetuate only increases crime and show gangs that there are no consequences for their actions. It also shows residents that no one truly has their backs or the backs of the officers.