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Video: Chicago's Top Cop Explains Rising Murder Rate

June 19, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Chicago's Top Cop Explains Rising Murder Rate

The rash of shootings and spike in murders in Chicago this year can be attributed to the city's 59 gangs and more than 600 gang sets, Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy told CBS News.

Through June 11, 228 people had been slain, up 35% from 169 in the same period last year. There have been 976 shootings, up 11% from 881 in the same period a year earlier, the department said.

McCarthy added that there had been a 17% drop in homicides in the past month.

The city's murder rate is now "three times the murder rate of New York City," said McCarthy, who added that his goal is to "get to zero."

The department plans to pay officers overtime to work summer weekends to combat the violence, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Comments (12)

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cap manuel @ 6/19/2012 4:56 PM

since i have left chicago because of the murder rate... i realize its not the police fault that chicagoans lack conflict solving skills or the corrections officers that work inside everyday with the pre-trial detainees ... i just dont understand why the government who are seeking all kinds of terrorist cant practice on their own soil against home grown terrorist and not concentrate on downtown ( law abiding )protesters that come and go and the gangs are there all the time...

MIKE @ 6/19/2012 6:33 PM


chuck @ 6/19/2012 7:31 PM

Whats wrong with firing up old sparky

[email protected] @ 6/19/2012 8:04 PM

What is this, a gag story? Everybody knows you can't own a firearm in Chicago! I mean, really, who would risk getting arrested and being fined for carrying concealed? Oh, yeah. The criminal element. Illinois, the land that time forgot.

Ghetto dog @ 6/19/2012 8:20 PM

Guns is illegal in Chicago

Red @ 6/19/2012 9:35 PM

Get rid of this guy. He came to Chicago and shot his mouth off about the NRA & guns! Send him back to the Big Apple and he can help Bloomberg police large containers of pop!

Old School Cop @ 6/20/2012 5:21 AM

The shine is coming off his NATO performance; the CPD that made him look good, not the other way around. I have been with the CPD over 30 years and Mayor Rahm Emanual and this CompStat Hatchetman have deliberately driven this great department into the ground to cut costs. Manpower is draining away as is experience. We are the scapegoat for the city's financial faults because of the meager pensions and benefits that we earn. Yes the murder rate is going up because there just are not enough cops on the street to handle the society that these politicians built. He took away the units of movable officers to handle hot spots and when he did treated them badly sending them to work in districts far from home. He now announces a strategy of having movable groups of off duty officers working at time and a half to do the same thing but this is a short term burn out fix. God save us from these politicians and gypsy cops.

Sgt Rick (Retired) @ 6/20/2012 12:34 PM

Let's address the 500 lb Gorilla in the Room. Almost all of the murder victims are black or latino as are the offenders! Call me a racist for telling the truth? Billions of dollars flushed down the toilet that is the minority community, guaranteed to produce Democrat Block votes and cutomed tailored suits for the Race Pimps Revends who exploit the misery. And the Media is part of the charade. So a black kid gets killed under still uncertain circumstances by an almost white guy and it is international news! Sharpton, "Da Rev", Jessie Jackson, also a Rev; everyone demanding justice! WELL WHERE ARE THEY NOW? MORE AMERICANS IN CHICAGO HAVE BEEN MURDERED THIS YEAR THAN AMERICANS KILLED IN AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ COMBINED! WHERE ARE THE MARCHES, WHERE ARE THE T.V. VANS; APPARENTLY IT IS NOT NEWS WHEN A BLACK KID KILLS A BLACK KID. REMEMBER, DOG BITES MAN IS NOT NEWS, BUT MAN BITES DOG IS NEWS. SO WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT BLACK VICTIMS; ARE THEY DOGS TOO?

[email protected] @ 6/20/2012 1:19 PM

Hey, I just figgered out the drop in homicides! Their running out of ammo!!! Chicago needs to get rid of the mayor & his big failure, Mccarthy, and hire a REAL cop! Putting more & better equiped cops on the street will cut down on your murder rate and crime in general. I wonder how many badges would be hired if they got rid of mccarthy and used his salary to hire? Somthing to think about.

Chicago Citizen & Cop @ 6/21/2012 1:15 AM

You cab learn a lot about Chicago, its politics and the CPD checking out, . Here is something from a recent posting:

Homicides totals in Chicago, 2012 compared to 2011

Month: 2011 2012
January: 28 40
February: 24 28
March: 23 53
April: 30 40
May: 38 50
June: 33 33
Total: 176 244

This is what happens when the Mayor brings in an outside Hatchetman, lets the number of police dwindle down to a precious few, gets rid of the experienced cops, downgrades the supervision, and kills crime on paper.

Dee @ 6/21/2012 10:48 AM

And I don't appreciate having to pay for 200 policemen guarding Obama's neighborhood for a private wedding. The City of Chicago is picking up the tab for this!

The logic escapes me; if you are saying Chicago's crime rate is getting better, then why the time and a half initiative?

Rahm and Garry -- please hire more police officers now! Before it is too late! I love my city and do not appreciate being embarrassed by my local/city/state politicians. We are not showing the world we are a World Class City. We are showing the world how to sell out the average people.

I would take more police on the street vs. planting flowers along every Chicago street/boulevard -- when they replace all of the flowers every couple of months? How much money is THAT?

I respect the position the average beat policeman is in. They have been asking for help for a very long time. It is time to back up your men!

Tom Ret @ 6/21/2012 6:26 PM

How much does anyone want to bet that their answer is more stringent
gun control aimed at the law abiding citizen.

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