(HOT AIR) – Memorial Day weekend is a time when we traditionally mourn the fallen, but that's specific to the Honored Dead we have lost in our nation's various wars and military service. Residents of Chicago unfortunately encountered additional reasons to mourn this weekend, though. A lot of reasons. Eight people were killed and more than two dozen others injured in a spate of violence which was even worse than the same weekend last year. And residents are being left with a lot of questions.
In other cities like Baltimore with serious gang violence, this is sadly typical timing. Criminal activity tones down a bit during harsh weather and then ramps back up with the start of the summer season. But the timing of this particularly bloody weekend plays into an ongoing debate between the Chicago PD and the Mayor's office. Rahm Emanuel has recently been accused by his own police force of turning his back on the cops and not supporting their efforts to curb the bloodshed. Even the President weighed in on that battle shortly before the holiday weekend.