Rahm Emanuel on CBS TV NATIONAL NEWS - Overall crime is down in Chicago... we just have a 80% jump in murders... but bicycle thefts are down
How do you end hate? I’m talking about the kind of hate that led a young man to shoot his mother to death because she nagged him, as well as the kind of hate that shows a blatant disregard for life, as when an alleged gang member fired a gun into a crowd, killing a 7-year-old girl who was standing on the street with her mother selling candy.
That’s the question at the heart of the violence that has made living in some Chicago neighborhoods as dangerous as living in Afghanistan or Iraq.
But on Monday, when Mayor Rahm Emanuel took the hot seat on “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” he again tried to spin the violence plaguing the city.
“Why is the murder rate up 38 percent?” Pelley asked.
“First of all Scott, let’s give everybody — your viewers a fair view,” Emanuel said. “Crime year over year is down 10 percent . . . Burglary, armed robbery, theft, 10 percent. We have a gun violence issue specifically tied to gangs. So we have readjusted the strategy, closing liquor stores in communities where they are a magnet and a cancer in the community for gangs and narcotics, boarding up buildings and tearing them down where gang-bangers have taken them over, putting the commanders and the district leaders in responsible position and holding them accountable for results.” So basically almost all of the homicide victims are African Americans who contribute NOTHING to society, there is no great loss here.