Chicago Mayor Assails Chief Over Violence At July 3 Event


Chicago Mayor Richard Daley criticized his new Police Superintendent, Jody Weis, privately, over why police were apparently overwhelmed by gangs and crowds at a major public event called the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “It wasn’t quiet,” a mayoral confidante said of Daley’s tone.

A career FBI agent handpicked by the mayor to shake up the scandal-scarred status quo, Weis came to the meeting on the defensive, sources said. It was clear to the rookie superintendent that “things didn’t go as planned” after the shooting of four people — one fatally — as the crowd from the city’s July 3 fireworks and concert was dispersing. Weis “was trying to say, ‘We did everything we could’ to control the problems. The response [from Daley] was, ‘Like hell,'” the source said. The debate about strategy evolved into a larger discussion about the 13 percent increase in Chicago’s homicide rate, the spike in other violent crimes and whether the team Weis assembled has the right pieces in place.


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