CHICAGO (WLS) — Some community activists in Chicago want children to carry bulletproof backpacks in an effort to stem the growing number of young gun violence victims.
Violence Interrupters Executive Director Tio Hardiman asked during a press conference Thursday morning outside Chicago Police Headquarters for Gov. JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot to introduce measures to provide body armor to kids.
Hardiman said nearly 40 children have been shot and killed so far this year.
One of them was 8-year-old Dajore Wilson, who Hardiman claims might be alive if she had this kind of protection.