Fired Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of being asleep at the wheel when it comes to stopping Chicago’s epidemic of carjackings and waking up only after the problem was out of control, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. McCarthy said the brazenness of carjackings in the downtown area has discouraged tourists from visiting Chicago and suburbanites from coming downtown. “When I got here seven years ago, when there was a crime [downtown], everybody was up in arms. It was like the craziest thing in the world that it could ever happen. That’s no longer the case. We’re becoming numb to it,” said McCarthy, who is considering a race against Emanuel. “There’s shootings on Lake Shore Drive. Northwestern Hospital is getting hit with bullets. An off-duty Chicago cop gets carjacked … at 12 o’clock in the afternoon on a Wednesday. People are constantly looking over their shoulders. … There’s not part of the city that’s safe right now.”
The FBI, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the State Police and local and federal prosecutors have joined Chicago police on a new team to combat carjackings. The mayor is working with four state lawmakers to draft legislation aimed at stiffening penalties against carjackers. McCarthy branded the city’s response too little, too late. “You don’t wait until you’re up by like 1,000 carjackings to come up with a plan. If I was superintendent, we would already be working with the feds doing federal prosecutions. There’s also a product out there … where you can get a DNA sample returned in 90 minutes. These are no-brainers,” McCarthy said. Emanuel abruptly fired McCarthy on Dec. 1, 2015.