CHICAGO (CBS) — Police Supt. Garry McCarthy believes Chicago is a safer place to be since he started on the job nearly 100 days ago.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, Tuesday will mark McCarthy’s 100th day at the helm of the Chicago Police Department, as well as the 100th day of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s term.
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McCarthy tells the Chicago Sun-Times he believes his strategy should be credited with 90 percent of the good news in crime statistics over that time.
McCarthy points out that as of the latest report, there were 75 fewer shootings so far this year combined with the same period last year, and 30 fewer murders.
He says he puts district commanders on the hot seat every week over crime numbers. He admits to embarrassing a few of them over their lack of results, the Sun-Times reports.
McCarthy also points to his promise to obliterate a certain street gang, the Maniac Latin Disciples, after a member opened fire in Avondale Park on the city’s Northwest Side in June and wounded two young girls, ages 2 and 7.
He said more than 300 members of that gang have been arrested since June, the Sun-Times reported.