CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Saturday in South Austin, one of many peace walks held over the weekend in Chicago's most violent neighborhoods was joined by the man tasked with keeping the peace in the city.
Ald. Emma Mitts organized the Peace and Prayer Walk, which began with some well-known speakers on a street corner outside the Public Library in South Austin.
Among the speakers, US Rep. Danny Davis and a member of the Chicago community that Mitts was proud to announce.
"And superintendent, we appreciate you for being here with us today. Thank you for not even waiting when asked for you to come," Mitts said.
Chicago Police Supt. David Brown was joined at the march with his entire command staff. Brown had a message for the city's youth.
"Put down your guns. Today. Forgive your conflicts. Let that young man you're planning to kill tonight.... let him heal," Brown said.
Brown added for young possible violent offenders to follow that advice tomorrow and the next day and to keep it going.