The murder rate in Chicago rose significantly during 2016, according to the Chicago Police Department.
By the numbers, there were 762 homicides, reportedly the highest in 19 years; 3,550 shooting incidents; and 4,331 shooting victims. The murder rate was notably higher than the 480 homicides, previously the most since 1997, reported in 2015.
Pastor Corey Brooks of New Beginnings Church in Chicago offered up his take on the finds during a Wednesday morning segment of “FOX & Friends.”
Brooks said that the residents of his city were dealing with “a very toxic environment.” He was speaking of the unemployment, poor education, broken homes, gangs and violence in the city.
President Obama, whose family calls the city home, is set to return to Chicago on January 10 to deliver his Farewell Address. When asked about how the city viewed the president, Brooks replied:
“We’re grateful that he’s coming back to the city to give a farewell speech, but I believe all of us believe that he could have done more for to help with the violence in the city of Chicago. There’s a lot that could have been done, a lot that should have been done, and we’re hopeful that in the future a President-elect Donald Trump will do more to help our city to get out of the violence and the chaos that we find ourselves in.”
Brooks also left a message for President-elect Donald Trump, asking him to “keep his word” on jobs. “We believe that jobs trump violence,” he said.
Brooks is certainly no stranger to politics. In the 2016 election, he extended an invitation to each presidential candidate to visit his city. Of the numerous contestants in both major parties, only Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) showed up.