The Fox News analyst whose brother was fatally shot in Chicago last month told The Post that Monday’s mass parade shooting outside the Windy City is another example of “soft-on-crime” policies gone awry.
Gianno Caldwell, whose 18-year-old brother, Christian Beamon, was slain by a gunman June 24, said he was trying to take his mind off his sibling’s still-unsolved slaying while at a beach in south Florida on Monday when he learned about the country’s latest mass killing.
“The ‘defund the police’ mantra has become like a disease that’s spreading from the inner cities to suburbs everywhere,” Caldwell told The Post of Monday’s bloodbath at an Independence Day parade in Highland Park about 25 miles north of Chicago.
“The idea of defunding the police and reallocating those funds comes with a mentality that criminals are embracing, which is that the police can’t touch me,” Caldwell said. “[Criminals] don’t fear [police officers] because [cops] are handicapped from doing their jobs.”
Residents in Chicago, where Caldwell, 35, grew up, no longer feel safe just going outside, he said.
“People in Chicago now fear doing their daily activities,” the TV analyst said. “That means going to work, going to school, going to the grocery store. Individuals don’t know if they’re number is going to be called next and be the person getting shot and murdered.”
The terrible optics of a holiday parade no longer being safe to the public should prompt changes in Highland Park, a wealthy enclave, Caldwell said.
“These folks are going to demand changes immediately,” he said of the Chicago suburb’s affluent locals. “This is where millionaires and billionaires in Illinois live. If they can’t feel safe at a parade, the next election is going to be brutal. They’ve got to reverse these soft-on-crime policies.”
Cops were still searching for the parade gunman Monday. Authorities asked residents in the upscale suburb to shelter in place as the manhunt continued.
“Highland Park is a really nice area,” Caldwell said. “It’s one of those elite suburbs.”
Caldwell insisted “soft-on-crime” policies have influenced the frequency of mass shootings in the United States, where 308 incidents have been tallied so far this year by the Gun Violence Archive. The nonprofit group defines them as at least four people being shot or killed, excluding the shooter.
“It’s enabled that kind of behavior,” Caldwell said of lenient law-enforcement policies.
Meanwhile, a funeral for Beamon will be held Saturday outside Chicago, according to Caldwell, who told The Post he’s still struggling to find the appropriate words to say at the service.
“I don’t even know what I’m going to say right now, to be honest,” Caldwell said Monday.