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Topic - Garry Mccarthy
The number of illegal guns seized by Chicago police has passed the 2,000 mark so far this year.
With the number of shootings in Chicago already climbing with the temperatures, police are being dispatched by the hundreds on overtime to high-crime neighborhoods, parks, public housing buildings and other spots around the city to combat the spike in crime that comes every summer.
A 14-year-old Chicago girl accused of killing another girl in a dispute over a boy tried unsuccessfully to fire a gun before someone fixed it for her and handed it back to her so she could open fire, prosecutors said Tuesday.
A woman who was shot to death after attending a fundraiser for an anti-violence group was apparently caught in rival gangs' crossfire and was not the intended target, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday.
FBI Director James Comey said during a visit to Chicago on Monday that his agency would consider doing more to help stem street-level violence in the nation's third largest city, though he stopped short of offering specifics.
Gang-related shootings are on the decline in Chicago so far this year, thanks to a targeted strategy to reduce violence, police officials said.
Police are knocking on the doors of known gang members in Chicago to warn them that their next address could be a state prison if they don't stop shooting their rivals - a new tactic that is yielding promising results, according to the department.
The city of Chicago spent more than $100 million on police overtime in 2013, including 107 officers who each collected more than $50,000 in overtime, according to a published report Friday.
Chicago Police have a new crime-fighting tool. It's called — walking the beat.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy implored the press Monday to stop characterizing the city as being strict on guns.
There are many theories about what has caused a recent spike in Chicago's homicide rate, including a splintering of established drug gangs, the warm winter and high unemployment in some neighborhoods that seem a world away from the city's beaches, lush parks and skyscrapers.
The sight of Chicago police raising billy clubs against demonstrators Sunday was the kind of image that has dogged the city's police force longer than most of those who clashed with protesters have been alive.
"The studies show when there's more restrictive gun laws, there's less gun violence," he says, ignoring the evidence.
Chicago's declining homicide tally is "still ahead of where we were last year," police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says, noting that the city counted 415 homicides in 2013, down 18 percent from the 503 of the year before.