(RealClearPolitics) -- Even for those of us who live in the Chicago area and read the near-daily headlines about shootings in the city, the explosion of violence over the Fourth of July weekend was jaw-dropping. It began on Thursday afternoon, and by the time the sun came up on Monday morning an astonishing 82 people had been shot, 14 of them fatally.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy struggled to explain how, despite the beefed up presence of his officers during the holiday weekend, parts of the city’s South Side effectively became a war zone.
“We're square-rooting nine ways from Sunday what is it that happened. Was it a fatigue factor? Did we give people off?” McCarthy mused aloud in front of reporters at his weekly press conference yesterday.
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