'The Streets Chose Us': Caldwell Talks to Chicago Gang Members, Residents About Violence
Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell discussed his experience speaking with gang members and residents of Chicago's most violent neighborhoods.
In a special "Ingraham Angle" town hall on the violence plaguing Chicago's streets, Caldwell, a Windy City native, said that resources need to be brought to those residents affected most by gang violence in order to draw them out of it.
"You got people who want to change and people who want to stay in the streets," one man told Caldwell during an on-the-street interview. "The people who are trying to change, it's even harder on them because they ain't used to a legit life."
Another interviewee also told Caldwell that if he offered him a job opportunity, he'd leave his life of being in a gang.
"If you bring resources to the doorstep, a lot of people will take them," Caldwell said.
Another man said "the streets chose us," explaining he had been shot and had no other opportunities growing up in the city.
State Rep. La Shawn Ford said during The Ingraham Angle that the way to start curbing the violence in the Windy City is to elect an African-American mayor.
"The Ingraham Angle” hosted its first-ever Town Hall event Saturday, when Ford (D) said that the city needs strong black leaders to deal with the issues that plague it.
The conversation has gained momentum as Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) unexpectedly announced that he will not seek a third term in office next year.
As Fox News reported, there have been more than 19,000 shootings in Chicago since Emanuel took office in the spring of 2011 and nearly 1,000 people shot this year alone.
Ford, who represents part of the city's West Side that has been heavily impacted by an increase in shootings, said Friday that the top issue of his city is "the black issue."
"We need a black mayor, and I can't back down from that," he said. "Until we have a mayor in this city that understands how to remedy those problems ... we're going to continue to see problems like [what] you see," he said.
Emanuel is facing harsh criticism regarding his response to crime in his city as well as his handling of race relations. He has been accused of favoring the city's wealthier areas while simultaneously ignoring the crime-ridden south and west sides.
Also on the show, Ingraham spoke to the aunt of a 15-year-old boy who was murdered two years ago. The murder remains unsolved.