A riveting, painful image: Chicago kids living amid violence

A riveting, painful image: Chicago kids living amid violence

*Photo: Innocence in the shadow of violence. Tribune photographer Scott Strazzante captured a portrait of a certain kind of Chicago childhood. (Scott Strazzante, Chicago Tribune)

“Look at the big photo with this column. What do you see? There’s a little boy wearing a big Superman backpack. A tall police officer wearing a rifle as long as the boy’s legs. The boy, who appears to be talking, seems trusting and unafraid. The officer leans in and listens, intently, with what looks like concern, respect.” ~ Mary Schmich

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