Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Supt Garry McCarthy.... We had a little uptick in violence.... Nothing to see here....
Despite coming off a bloody holiday weekend in Chicago that saw 10 people shot and killed and close to 40 others wounded, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the department's strategy to curb gang violence throughout the city is working.
Flanked by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, several aldermen and police command staff at the Washington Park Fieldhouse on the South Side, McCarthy told reporters at a news conference Tuesday that shootings across the city have decreased by 7 percent since the department began its "gang audits" — specialized units sharing gang intelligence with beat officers — in all 23 of its districts in March.
But "very clearly," McCarthy said, there's still a lot of work to be done to reduce homicides--which are up almost 50 percent from January through Sunday--as well as non-fatal shootings.
"It's not OK that we had 53 shootings last week, but that 53 shootings is the same exact number of shootings that we had last year. So this is not a new problem," McCarthy said. "What it is, is a new solution that we're applying to it. And it's not going to happen overnight. It's a process that we have to move forward with."
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