While covering a story in the neighborhood, CBS Chicago reporter Dave Savini stumbled into a Subway sandwich restaurant, only to find the counter enclosed behind bulletproof glass like you would find at a bank. Just another sign of how bad the violence has gotten in Chicago, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been touting the city’s violent crime drop all month.
Savini tweeted “Bullet Proof Subway store sad depiction of Chicago gun violence who wants to die over a tuna on wheat?”
The Subway in question is located between Roseland and West Pullman, two neighborhoods notorious for their gang violence. Both neighborhoods rank among Chicago’s top 15 in violent crime.
According to reports, bulletproof subways have also been seen in Oakland and Detroit, two cities equally known for their level of violent crime and gang violence.
Not only does the bulletproof Subway demonstrate how terrifyingly common violent crime has become in Chicago, it also shows a huge disconnect between the government’s talking points and what’s going on in the streets.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have been touting reduced violent crime rates for the past two weeks. Of course, just last week, nine people were killed and 39 were wounded by shootings in a single weekend.
The government boasts that Chicago’s obscenely high 516 murders in 2012 dropped to 415 in 2013. Of course, critics are quick to point out that the books are obviously cooked since many likely homicides have been classified as “death investigations”, thus leading to a lower murder rate.