Ex-Superintendent Garry McCarthy is running for mayor against Rahm Emanuel, who fired him in 2015. McCarthy says Emanuel has “created a political environment that is emboldening criminals while hamstringing the police.” Emanuel replied that McCarthy was whistling a different tune five years ago.
An evaluation of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy by the Urban Institute found that gun violence among targeted street groups was reduced by using community leaders and law enforcement in a strategy that combined moral persuasion and the promise of counseling and social services with the threat of criminal sanctions.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions charges that, “Chicago’s leaders need to recommit to policies that punish criminals instead of protecting them.” Mayor Rahm Emanuel responds that the Trump administration is “wrong morally, wrong factually and wrong legally.”
Chicago and Baltimore drove the increase in violent crime reports last year, says the Brennan Center for Justice. Its survey found that Chicago accounted for 55.1 percent of the big-city murder rate increase.