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Crime Commission’s solution to reduce Chicago violence: Hire more cops

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Four people were shot early Tuesday morning on Chicago's far South Side; two were killed.

Investigators say a gunman opened fire on a parked car sitting in the 400 block of West 120th Street. A mother of 3-year-old twins was killed and a man who, witnesses say, walked outside of his home after hearing the shots, died as well.

Police don't have anyone in custody for the overnight shooting in Roseland, but the Chicago Crime Commission is weighing in. They say that the only way to solve the street and gun violence in Chicago is to hire more cops.

"When you have a lot of street gang violence. You need a lot of coppers," Crime Commissioner Art Bilek announced.

The panel is recommending that the city of Chicago hire 1,400 new police officers and get them in high crime areas with 500 officers specially trained to fight gangs and crime on Chicago's South and West Sides.

"This will give law enforcement in this community the flexibility necessary to respond with more police to gang hotspots all over the city while at the same time maintaining proper police protection from one end of the city to the other," says Bilek.

In addition to more officers, the Crime Commission told Fox Chicago News that it is time to take a hard look at the punishment for an offender carrying a weapon. They say that if a gang member or felon is arrested and charged with a gun-related crime or homicide, federal prison should be their only option.

Loved ones in the Pullman area are asking city officials to show up and do more after their loved ones were gunned down this morning.

"To the superintendent and the mayor, the crime is ridiculous in Chicago, but yet we want to worry about a deficit and not human beings," Valerie Sims-Carter says. "Everybody is so focused on worrying about money when they should be focused on human lives."

When a reporter asked the Chicago Crime Commission how much money hiring new police officers would cost the city, the commission had one thing to say about it: "just do it."

"What's at stake here---you know people are dying. This is not your water bill went up a little bit or your electric bill went up a little bit or your street didn't get paved or your sidewalk didn't get fixed. People are dying," the Crime Commission's Guadalupe Garcia pleaded. "This is an epidemic."

The president of the Fraternal Order of Police has long said that it is time to get more police officers out on the street, not just for the safety of other officers, but for the residents of Chicago.

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