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Chicago sees bloodiest month in 20 years

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>> The bullet ridden city of Chicago reaching a mile stone, but nobody's there is celebrating. August going down as the deadliest month there, in two decades. America's third biggest city, saw 86 murders in August according to local media reports, further cementing its murderous lead for the year over bigger cities like LA and New York.
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The month ending with three more killings by the end of Wednesday, capping off a period of surging violence which has captured national attention. This weekend, Nykea Aldridge, the cousin of NBA star Dwayne Wade, was killed while pushing her baby stroller. Donald Trump, later using her death to describe the tough conditions facing the African American community there and hinting things would be better if he was elected president.
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The city's murder rate is particularly troubling, giving what's happening with its police force. Chicago PD is under a justice department investigation after complaints of police misconduct made by the city's large African American community. Earlier this week, police chief Eddie Johnson took steps to fire five cops alleged to have participated in a cover up of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, a young black man seen on video being shot 16 times by police as he veered away from the officers.
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The police union says, it's officers are under attack in the streets, in the media, and from city hall. In protest, the union has urged it's members not to work overtime this holiday weekend.