Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he spoke with Supt. Garry McCarthy about his comment that police are “only treading water.” "That’s not" what he meant. "What he was talking about is a particular area at a particular point and not the whole city" - After speaking to Garry McCarthy I duct taped his mouth shut to avoid future mis-speakings!
Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried Monday to skin back — or at least clarify — Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s claim that Chicago Police are “treading water” in the fight against violence after another weekend bloodbath on Chicago streets.
“I talked to Garry about that. That’s not [what he meant]. What he was talking about is a particular area at a particular point. Overall . . . crime is down 9-to-10 percent. That doesn’t just come your way. You have to go work for it,” the mayor said.
“Where we have tried new tactics — like in Englewood where you see a 25 percent drop in homicides — how do we take that to other places? In the [Grand Crossing] district, we saw we had a problem, put [in] new leadership [and] we’ve seen a dramatic change in just the last three weeks . . . We have to now deal with what’s happened in Grand Crossing over the weekend — and we will do that.”
Nine people were killed and 28 others were wounded in shootings since Friday.
It was yet another indication that a July that was one of Chicago’s least deadly in decades has given way to a bloody August that undermines McCarthy’s claims that his anti-violence strategy of disbanding specialized units in favor of putting more officers on beat patrol in neighborhood districts is taking hold.
On Monday, Emanuel noted that most of the weekend violence was concentrated in the city’s Gresham police district, where there has been a “spike in gang-on-gang violence.”