McCarthy On Mob Attacks: Police Are ‘On Top’ Of It

CHICAGO (CBS) — Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Tuesday downplayed the significance of mob attacks in the downtown area, and said police are “on top of” the situation.

Mob attacks have been dominating the headlines in Chicago since around the beginning of the month. On June 4, two men were attacked by mobs of teens in Streeterville – one of whom was parking his scooter in the 300 block of East Chicago Avenue, the other of whom was assaulted while riding his bicycle at Lake Shore Drive and Huron Street.

Several high-profile incidents have hit the headlines since. A week ago, two teens were attacked by a mob of teens at Chicago and Wabash avenues in an altercation that began at the Oak Street Beach. On Thursday morning, the brother of Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan was attacked by a mob while riding the CTA Red Line subway near Chicago Avenue.

But speaking on the CBS 2 Morning News Tuesday, McCarthy cautioned against characterizing every “multiple-offender” incident as the work of a “mob” or “flash mob.”

“Last Saturday, we had 10 to 15 kids involved in five separate robberies. That was the entirety of the event. We’ve arrested about 13 of them right now, so we think we have the whole crew locked up,” McCarthy said. “Those were high-profile bad events, but we were able to respond to them very quickly. Since then, every multiple-offender incident is being called a ‘flash mob,’ which it’s not.”

McCarthy acknowledged the seriousness of the attacks, given that they happened in busy areas teeming with tourists. But he repeated that one group of teens was primarily responsible.

“This is what I’m talking about – it was really one big event, and we’ve kind of shut it down. Since then, now the issue is getting the word out that look, we’re on top of this. We’ve made arrests. We’re deployed properly. It’s not a dynamic that’s going to continue,” he said. “Multiple-offender robberies have been happening for a long time. In this case, it’s high-profile – rightfully so – and we dealt with it.”

McCarthy also pointed out that the department has instituted new methods for preventing crime.

Since taking over as police superintendent, McCarthy’s has introduced a program, called CompStat, which tracks crime through computerized mapping and involves weekly strategy meetings based on the information gathered. It was started by New York City Transit Police Officer Jack Maple, and later implemented by New York Police Commissioner William J. Bratton under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

“Deployment is very important, but we don’t want to deter crime. We want to stop crime; we want to prevent crime, and if somebody goes out to commit a robbery and you put a police officer on the corner, they may go around the corner to commit that robbery if that’s what they want to do,” he said. “
“So CompStat is a little more about analysis, planning and prevention, and strategies to prevent crime.”

Last year, in the wake of a spate of shootings that had left 113 people dead in a period of only about four months, two state lawmakers called on Gov. Pat Quinn and then-Mayor Richard M. Daley to call in the National Guard. CBS 2 viewer Gerald Spencer asked McCarthy if it might be time to consider such an action again.

“Not in a million years,” McCarthy answered. “This is our job. We’ve got it.”

Former police Supt. Jody Weis, who quit in March, is also weighing in on the crime and officer deployment situation. Quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, he said a never-used plan he had devised would have shifted 300 officers from 11 districts to the remaining 14 others based on 911 calls and other crime trends.

McCarthy said he would take a look at the plan.

“Since I got here – and it seems like a long time ago; it’s a month now – I’ve been saying that I don’t know if we have enough police officers. I want to know what everybody’s doing and where they are, and that’s the process that we’re undertaking,” he said. “I haven’t seen the analysis that Jody referred to. I’m going to reach out to him and take a close look at it, because you know what? I’ll take any advice that I can get.”

In the wake of the mob attacks, McCarthy was joined by Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the weekend to announce the deployment of 150 more police officers in neighborhoods across the city. They were to be redeployed from desk and administrative jobs to neighborhoods such as Logan Square, Morgan Park and the Near North Side.

  • Paul Speredes

    Flash Mob Attacks don’t happen in Houston Texas and other states where concealed carry of handguns is legal. It’s time for legal concealed carry in Illinois

    • pat f

      Just what we need, gunfight on Michigan Ave. Idiot.

      • Roberta Waker

        Lawful gun owners don’t get involved in gun fights. Conceal and carry is a good idea because it would level the playing field. Would YOU try to rob or assault someone if they “might” have a gun to defend themselves? I think not. Paul and Mr. Justice are absolutely right.

      • Paul Speredes

        You have the right to be slaughtered like a sheep and or live in fear and surrender all your valuables to armed thugs but I prefer to fight back like the Chicago police do! I think that the policy practiced by armed Chicago police officers should be the same policy that armed Chicago citizens practice! I belive that a citizens life is just as valuable as any police officers life!

      • Mr. Justice

        >>>>>>>>>>Pat, Don’t believe the lied that the puking liberal Democratic machine is telling you that more guns will bring about more violence. It is simply not true. The National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) reveals Texans with concealed carry permits are far less likely to commit a serious crime than the average citizen. “Many predicted that minor incidents would escalate into bloody shootouts if Texas passed a concealed-carry law,” said H. Sterling Burnett, author of the report. “That prediction was dead wrong.”

  • johnt

    Each jungle savage arrested for a violent crime should be microchipped so all his future movements can be tracked.

    • Leroy Goldberg


      Excellent idea. I hope you don’t mind if I may be so bold and add having them spayed and neutered as well.

      • Matt

        Like The Jews,Right…..GOLDBERG?????

      • Tyreese

        That’s hilarious, you are a true comedian, Leroy. Keep up the good posts.

  • Mr. Justice

    Well, it appears that CBS is once again censoring the words one attempts to comment with. I have used no vulgarity nor have I attacked anyone who has already made statements.

    • Al Sharpton

      I was censored several times in on previous message boards. The one thing that all of my posts had in common was that I simply said that white people need to wake up and stop voting for Democrats. These attacks are simply a result of the voting patterns of the Chicago liberal sheep. When you vote for Democrats, you allow yourself to become a victim by not being able to carry a firearm. You also vote for the party that consistently turns a blind eye toward the savage behavior that has become commonplace in the black community. Democrats need the votes of the black community, and will therefore do very little to encourage them to better themselves and stop blaming “whitey” for their problems.

  • empirical

    When criminal behavior is excused within the black community and from outside the community by liberal uninformed do gooders the police will never be able to reduce the crime rate. When the hispanic community excuses gang affiliation as being necessary for a youth’s survival the police will never solve the gang problem and crime will continue to plague the city. The mayor and superintendent can ballet around the issue all they want but until those communities take responsibility for solving their problems the police will not be the solution to criminal problems.

    • Citizen for a Livable Chicago

      Well said empirical, The politicians lost their nerve years ago. They are afraid of the black and hispanic communities. That’s why they blame the police and teachers for most problems in the city. It’s easier to point the finger at someone else. This is the democratic process designed, developed and refined in Chicago and exported out to the rest of the country. Now we have a president from Chicago and no one questions the Chicago factor. The democrats have been in control in Chicago for years and the problems continue, crime, schools, etc. Pay off the Revernds to keep them quiet, Give the hispanic politicans what they want to keep them quiet. In the end it’s everyone elses fault, blame the victim. That’s the Chicago way.

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