Chicago residents gathered at a church to beg for more police in their neighborhoods in light of recent sexual assaults Monday.
Citizens from the North Side met at the Lincoln Park church to address neighborhood safety concerns, reports Fox32.
Many of them pressed for a stronger police presence, wanting their city council leader Alderman Michelle Smith to fight for more cops.
“What good are parks if you aren’t safe in them? I think at the very least we take the money from the parks and give it to the police,” one woman said.
Sexual assaults have risen in the past few weeks, causing many women to fear for their safety. One woman was robbed and sexually assaulted at knifepoint Sunday night; her attacker is still on the loose.
Another woman was raped in the trunk of her car after an unknown man pulled a gun on her and forced her into it.
“I am actually looking to move, that is the number one reason that I don’t feel safe here anymore. So I’ll be putting my place on the market and I will be moving out of Lincoln Park, possibly Chicago,” said Sarah Spang, a Lincoln Park resident for 11 years.
A husband and father spoke at the meeting, saying his wife no longer feels safe after reading the recent headlines.
The 19th District commander attended the meeting and assured those present that police patrolled the area to keep residents safe.
“The police are here. Just because you don’t see them does not mean the police are not here,” Marc Buslik said.
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