Former Black Panther turned Congressman, Bobbie Rush represents the first Congressional District of Chicago which incorporates a large part of Chicago’s South Side. While Rush stood on the U.S. House of Representatives floor, wearing his hoodie and sounding like he has never had an English lesson in his life, two men in hoodies shot one dead and injured five in the crime ridden streets of the area. But Chicago’s South Side is more than a little nostalgic for Michelle Obama. She recently told Dave Letterman she instills the’ kind, respectful and empathetic values’ of Chicago’s South Side in her daughters. At about the same time, City Fathers and law enforcement called a meeting to “get a handle on the alarming Crime” in Chicago’s South Side. Bobby Rush was there to speak about violent flash mobs that happen in the “on a regular basis.” But…but, it’s worth noting what the Police Chief had to say at that meeting:
“The bottom line is that we need a collective spirit to change the way young people behave,” said McCarthy.
He said the problems that occur on the South Side affect every side of the city.
“My goal here is to take this thing to a whole separate level,” he said. “This isn’t a police problem, it’s a community emergency. And I will work with anybody that’s interested in solutions.” Source: cbslocal
On March 28th, when Rush wore the hoodie into the House chamber against House rules to memorialize Trayvon Martin, 13 died in Chicago, the majority from the West and South sides of the city:
The worst shooting occurred around 6 p.m. Thursday when two men in hooded sweatshirts opened fire inside a convenience store in the 1400 block of West 79th Street in the Gresham neighborhood, police said.
One man was killed and five others were wounded. The victims ranged in age from 16 to 24.
The gunmen fled in an SUV and police continued searching for them this morning.
About four hours later, four people were standing in a parking lot in the 4100 block of West Roosevelt Road when a black car drove up and gunfire rang out…
— A 31-year-old man was shot and killed across the street from his home on 113th Place between State Street and South Michigan Avenue, police said. David Gulley, 31, was pronounced dead at Roseland Community Hospital about 5:10 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office said…
— A 24-year-old man was shot in the buttocks in the 11800 block of South Ashland Avenue about 5 p.m. on the Far South Side, police said. He was walking down the street when two people approached on foot and opened fire, police said….
— About 10:15 p.m., a man in his 30s was shot in the leg in the 13100 block of South Ellis Avenue. He was taken to Metro South Medical Center in Blue Island, police said. Source: Chicago Tribune
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No. 2 – Los Angeles – Democrat back to 2001
No. 3 – New York City (Manhattan) – Independent and Republican back to 1994
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