Even as Chicago sent 100+ police officers to guard the wedding of Valerie Jarrett’s daughter, the city underwent a dramatic crime wave. According to local media, at least seven people were killed and 35 were injured over the weekend. One 16-year-old girl took three bullets to the chest and died on Saturday evening; another ten people were shot on Friday, and three were killed Sunday morning. The weekend numbers from Chicago are astonishing – 46 people were hurt and eight died last weekend in Chicago.
In April 2012, Valerie Jarrett herself traveled to Chicago to tout the Obama administration’s “action” on Chicago youth violence, speaking at the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention: “As a mom, it just breaks my heart when I hear stories of young people who fall victim to gangs, drugs, and crime – President Obama, the father of two young girls, feels the same way …. [President Obama] took action. He sent Attorney General Holder and Secretary Duncan to Chicago to discuss youth violence with Mayor Daley and leaders in the community – and those discussions ultimately led to the creation of this National Forum.”
She dated Obama’s action-taking to September 2009. In 2010, there were 68 murder victims in Chicago between ages 13 and 18. Nearly 700 kids were hit by gunfire – an 11 percent rise in youth murders. Since 2008, at least 530 people under age 21 were murdered in Chicago.
So while the Obama administration – and Valerie Jarrett -- like to talk a big game about youth violence in Chicago, they’re perfectly happy to pull 100+ cops off the streets to guard a wedding for Jarrett’s daughter.