Rahm Emanuel Says Negro infested Englewood and Harrison hot spots have seen reduced violence as result of long-term occupation, despite spike in homicides across rest of Chicago since strike force strategy was dropped after tons of more cops were deployed there
By Kristen Mack, Chicago Tribune reporter
CHICAGO, IL - Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pointing to a bright spot in Chicago's struggle with its rising homicide rate, praising a police crackdown aimed at reducing violent crime in two of the city's most dangerous areas.
Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy have been criticized for disbanding specialized strike forces used by previous administrations to target troubled neighborhoods and relying instead on beefing up beat patrols.
But after weeks of defending that decision in the face of a nearly 38 percent increase in homicides, the mayor's pronouncement Thursday was a tacit acknowledgment that saturating hot spots with extra officers works.
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