Please join me, together with 24th District Commander Roberto Nieves, community leaders and neighborhood residents, as we meet to map out an action plan in response to the recent gun violence in our neighborhood. The community meeting will take place tomorrow (Monday, October 16th), 7:00 p.m., at the corner of Morse and Glenwood.
This past Friday our neighbor, Cynthia Trevillion, was shot and killed at thecorner of Morse and Glenwood and, in an unrelated incident, a 15-year-old boy was shot in an alley near Touhy and Ridge. Shootings also have occurred at several other locations in the neighborhood in the last two months.
Chicago Police detectives are continuing to investigate both shootings. Witnesses and footage from several surveillance cameras in the area are assisting the detectives in their investigation of the Morse-Glenwood shooting and they are following several leads.
Meanwhile, the boy who was shot near Touhy and Ridge is now listed in “good” condition. Earlier reports indicated he was 13 years old. In fact he is 15. Because he is a minor, his name was not released. Police are hampered in their investigation of the Touhy and Ridge incident because of the absence of surveillance cameras and witnesses who saw the shooting.
Rogers Park had been experiencing a nearly 50 percent decrease in shootings and homicides this year over the same period last year. Several incidents of gun violence in August and September, however, reversed this trend. I spoke with Mayor Emanuel yesterday and he promised additional resources for our neighborhood to help stem the increase in violence.
But the police and the City cannot do it alone. Everyone needs to get involved. The safest neighborhoods in the City are those where ordinary residents become engaged in the fabric of their community.
Here are just some of the ways you can get involved:
- Attend your local beat meetings. This is where community residents sit down with their local police officers to share information and devise solutions to crime and public safety issues. For the time and location of the beat meeting in your area, click here.
- Join a parent patrol to help kids get safely to and from school. You don’t have to be a parent to join, just a responsible adult who is concerned about the safety of our children. Contact my office at email@example.com and we’ll connect to a school in your area.
- Join or start a block club. My office has a list of block clubs in the ward and we also can help you start start up a block club.
- Participate in Rogers Park Park Positive Loitering, a group of area residents, led by Rogers Park resident John Warner, who gather together several evenings each month to stroll through the neighborhood or simply “loiter” on certain street corners. Their sole purpose is to deter crime by their positive presence on the street. Their next event is scheduled for Wednesday, October 18th, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. They will be meeting at the northwest corner of Morse and Glenwood and will be on Morse the entire time.
- Volunteer with the 24th Police District’s Court Advocacy program. Neighborhood residents work with the police to identify and track cases of interest to the community. Cases can range from violent crimes, such as murder or rape, to “quality of life” cases, such as drug dealing and public drinking, abandoned buildings and negligent landlords, and problem liquor establishments. Volunteers then attend court dates associated with those cases. They provide support for victims and witnesses who may be hesitant to testify in court. Their presence also sends a strong message to the defendant, the judge and all other interested parties in the criminal justice system that the community cares about the outcome of these cases. For more information, contact 24th District Community Organizer Mayra Gomez at Mayra.Gomez@chicagopolice.org.
- Support Sullivan High School’s Restorative Justice initiative, a program that focuses on changing behavior, rather than simply punishing behavior. Instead of kicking troubled kids out of school, the program helps students take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the individuals they harmed. This has resulted in a reduction of out-of-school suspensions and incidents of misconduct and an increase in average daily attendance. For more information, contact Sullivan Principal Chad Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Support Circles and Ciphers, a leadership development program for disengaged young men that uses peace-making circles and hip hop ciphers to transform their lives. To find out how you can support Circles and Ciphers, contact Emmanuel Andre at email@example.com or visit their Facebook page for updated information and ways to get involved.
In the meantime, the friends of Cynthia Trevillion, the victim of the Morse and Glenwood shooting, established an online donation page to help her husband, John, cover her funeral costs. Cynthia was a beloved teacher at the Chicago Waldorf School and extremely active in our community, including serving as a volunteer at the Glenwood Avenue Sunday Market. Her friends and family would appreciate a donation in any amount.