The streets of Chicago are now officially a warzone.
Homicide victims in the Windy City this year have outnumbered U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan, according to The Daily.
A whopping 228 Chicago residents have been killed almost doubling the amount of Americans who have died in Afghanistan (144) in 2012. That is quadruple the rate of New York City forcing Chicago to allow officers to work overtime in an already cash-strapped city.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been under increased pressure to find a way to stem the violence. Rahm has cut some anti-violence programs as the city’s economy continues to struggle.
â€œJust look at whatâ€™s been happening every single weekend,â€ Daniel Gorman, vice president of Chicagoâ€™s Fraternal Order of Police, told The Daily. â€œAlthough we appreciate the overtime, we still canâ€™t ignore that weâ€™ve got a manpower crisis, and the recent violence in the city is proof of that crisis.â€
[Crime scene photo via Shutterstock]