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More than 500 people have been killed in Chicago this year

Chicago just reached a terrible milestone: more than 500 people have been killed there so far this year.

Just this past weekend, 65 people were shot — 13 of them killed.

Chicago’s police Superintendant Eddie Johnson says he and his department are doing everything they can do stop the violence. Johnson said:

“It’s not a police issue. It’s a society issue. … Impoverished neighborhoods, people without hope do these kinds of things. You show me a man that doesn’t have hope, I’ll show you one that’s willing to pick up a gun and do anything with it.”

That’s not really the whole story, though. The city has been in turmoil after the release last year of a video of Laquan McDonald being brutally killed by a police officer.

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More than 500 people have been killed in Chicago this year

Brianna Snyder

Brianna has been working in media since 2005, when she left Westfield University in Massachusetts and became the listings editor at an alt-weekly in Hartford. Now, she's the senior editor at the Times Union Magazine Division in Albany, N.Y. She cares very much about news, Beyonce, the Internet, gin and tonic and that Vine of this one puppy who keeps falling asleep and smooshing his face on a pillow. Follow: @BriannaLSnyder or BriannaSnyder.com

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