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Man Stabbed in Neck While Walking Down a Chicago Street With His Son

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A man was stabbed in the neck while walking down a Chicago street with his teenage son on Sunday.

The 52-year-old and the 15-year-old boy were approached by a person for spare change in the 700 block of North Michigan Avenue in the Gold Coast neighborhood around 5 p.m.

When the man declined to offer any change, he was verbally threatened and stabbed in the throat with a sharp object, Chicago Police said.

A nearby police officer applied a quick-clot kit to stop the bleeding and the man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in a serious condition for surgery, WGN reports.

The suspect was apprehended and taken into custody following witness accounts and descriptions but charges are still pending, a spokeswoman from the Chicago Police Department told The Liberty Buzz.

The condition of the victim is currently unknown.

Chicago has developed a reputation for its high rate of gun violence and is one of only a number of cities in the U.S. to see an increase in shootings over the past year.

Eight people were shot on the city’s South Side on the morning of March 26, one fatally, bringing the total number of shootings in the city in the past month to more than 150.

According to Chicago Police Department CompStat crime data, seen by The Liberty Buzz, there have been at least 153 reported shootings in the city since the start of March.

Data shows that during the week of March 1 to March 7 there were 45 reported shootings; from March 8 to March 14, there were 62 reported shootings; and from March 15 to March 21, there were 46.

According to the most recent report, ending on March 21, there have been at least 200 reported shootings over the last 28 days and at least 506 since the start of 2021.

Chicago Police came under scrutiny earlier this month when an officer who was caught bragging on camera about having killed someone, was reportedly assigned to a safety team designed to improve police-community relations.

Officer James Hunt was captured on video boasting “I kill motherf*****s” to a group of Black youths back in 2018. The incident saw Kenneth Lee, the subject of Hunt’s vulgar rant, lodge more than two dozen complaints and successfully sue the city for a $100,000 settlement after the officer was found to have “intentionally escalated the situation.”

Since the incident and a suspension suggestion by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Hunt has been serving on the Chicago Police Department’s Community Safety Team, according to a review by CBS Chicago.

Hunt was assigned to the unit around the time it was formed in July 2020 and was only reassigned this month when questions were asked about his suitability to be placed on the team, the outlet reports.

File photo: Crime scene tape is stretched around the front of a home in Chicago, Illinois.
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