Chicago Police Supt. Promises To Curb Gang Violence

Updated 03/20/12 – 7 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago’s police superintendent says the city is re-tooling its anti-gang strategy, following a particularly violent weekend during which several people, including a 6-year-old girl, were killed.

Garry McCarthy says the intelligence is there. It’s just a matter of getting the information to beat officers so they can anticipate a retaliatory gang shooting.

“We’re going to get our head around this thing and we’re going to turn it around is what it boils down to,” McCarthy told reporters on Monday. “If we were sitting here saying we don’t know what’s going on, we don’t know what to do, that would be a different situation. We know what’s going on. We’re putting pieces in place to make sure we can stem this tide.”

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Lisa Fielding reports

So far this year, there have been 94 murders in Chicago. There were 66 in the same period last year. There have been 408 shootings so far this year, compared to 296 in the same period in 2011.

McCarthy dismisses the theory that warm weather naturally brings more crime.

“I’m accountable,” he said, “and I’m not going to point to weather.”

The superintendent also spoke to CBS 2 News at 6 p.m. on Tuesday about the recent spate of violence.

He said several factors are at play, including the department’s inability to prevent one gang from retaliating against another after a gang-related shooting.

McCarthy said retaliatory shootings sometimes occur as soon as five to ten minutes after the first act of violence.

The Fraternal Order of Police union, meanwhile, says the Chicago Police Department is in a manpower crisis.

“Their strategy is a total failure,” FOP spokesman Pat Camden tells WBBM Newsradio Lisa Fielding.

Camden says the department loses 50 officers a month to attrition, leaving police short-handed on the street.

“I don’t think they’ve hired 600 officers in the past five years,” he said.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement Monday hitting at tougher strategies ahead.

“The violence this past weekend is unacceptable to me and every law abiding Chicago resident,” the mayor said. “Our streets belong to the families and children of our city; not to the gangs and gangbangers.  The violence this weekend underscores that Chicago has a unique gang problem and I have discussed with Superintendent McCarthy a citywide anti-gang strategy similar to the successful strategy CPD recently used with the Maniac Latin Disciples.”

McCarthy last year declared war on the Maniac Latin Disciples after a reputed member shot into a Northwest Side park and injured two young girls. A shooting suspect was arrested and charged in that case.

The police superintendent said much of the violence that occurred over the weekend was gang-related.

“Our gang issue is as strong, if not stronger, than L.A., which is recognized as the biggest in the country,” McCarthy said.

  • Bill S

    This city is up for grabs. Nobody is safe … not even a six-year-old.

    • John Steele

      This is the result of Obama and his thug politicians running a once great city into the ground with liberalism and corrupt politics. The FBI should just start tapping every phone that the democrats in Chicago have and in a matter of time, you could send them all to visit the last Governor in the slammer. This is the vision that Comrade Barack has for America

    • Chris

      Chicago has a mayor that deliberately makes “Michael Corleone” poses whenever he’s on camera. And people wonder why they’re gang problem isn’t getting any better…

    • Michael

      Face up to reality gang violence is out of control. The citzens of Chicago are at the merry of criminals. The police are not in control they are mere bystanders to mayhem. This situation requires a massive police force to crush gangs which the city can not afford.

      • tom m

        plenty of police amount of police doesnt change gangs amount of people doing drugs and such change gang size police in chicago are worthless and funny part is most live outside of chicago that should tell u something


      • sam8131

        No, they’re at the mercy of the godfather. They need to reelect him! Blind brainless sheep.

      • JT

        If they tripled the police force; the activity would move into the surrounding suburbs that have a reduced ability to combat it.

      • Word

        No, JT, the suburbs are armed.

      • EnoughDomesticSpying

        Government has all the comments here once again. Unelected officials took over Washington and the media after the coup and cover up. Even most of the comments online are financed with your tax dollars. Big brother is trying to create the perception of public opinion while burying the truth. They think you can’t handle the truth. Fact of the matter is we have no democracy, president, and freedom of press is an illusion.

        Our next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

        Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the biggest cover up in world history.

      • mike hunt

        What do you mean “can’t afford” ?? Just squeeze it out of our ar-ses just like they do for our CONSTANTLY rising property taxes!! What’s anybody going to do about it……just like in Russia.

      • Daisycutter

        The citizens of Chicago and the rest of Illinois are at the mercy of gangs or whatever lone gunman thug they meet because the State of Illinois denies their citizens their right to keep and bear arms. I was born in Oak Park, lived as a kid in Hinsdale, and went to SIU. I will never live in your state again until law abiding citizens are allowed to carry concealed weapons (or “pack heat” as only the lefty/liberals call it) so I can protect myself. When seconds count, the police are just minutes away!

      • FTC

        @ tom m

        English please………….

    • rap

      Chicago is getting safer one bullet at a time. Most of these thugs are performing us a community service.

      We won’t give them their award until the stop shooting little girls, though.

      • Daisycutter

        Right on, rap! The quickest way to get rid of gangs is to give them all free shooting lessons. That way there will be fewer innocent bystanders hit, and soon-no more gangs.

    • THEE Yard Ape

      For those who don’t feel like scrolling way down – Truer words have never been spoken, thnx to milton abernathy!!! BRAVO!!!!

      Milton Abernathy

      “The solution is quite obvious. Eliminate the NE@RO element.”

  • saywhat3

    Supt you really don’t know what to do. Your tough talk may work on the guys with gold stars.But gang bangers aren’t impressed by your tough talk. You don’t have enough troops.

  • John

    To little to late ….

    • grammarguy


  • Al Jackson

    Start in THE 12TH WARD Cardenas doesn’t do anything but give these GANG BANGERS and their family members free handout’s.It’s like MEXICO in the 12th ward dirty and full of gang bangers and drug dealers. I stop in the gas station every blue moon on 40 Th and Archer and its a gang banging/drug dealing spot at all hrs of the day and it’s right down the street from CARDENAS office.

    • mattiegrl

      Begin at the Mayor’s office!

    • BlacksLoveCrime

      At least they’ve run off the negroes.


    CCW would be a stop to this madness

    • WetNurse

      While I am a huge proponent of lawful carry, it would not stop these animals from continuing their misdeeds.

      This is a generational problem where babies continue to have babies and there is a lack of parenting, morals and ethics on a large scale.

      • The Carpathian


        In the absence of proper parenting, aceptable morals and ethics … on any scale … there is still one deterent from commiting violent crimes. That, sadly, is the deterrence that comes from the sure and certain knowlege that at any time, the perceived wet dream of an easy victim may in actuality be the nightmare of an armed, angry citizen who will no longer accept the alteration of the social contract to include obedience to criminal behavior.

        Yes, the threat of actual death — or at least the certainty of great bodily injury — would give most miscreants pause. Assuming of course, that they have sufficient brain power to walk and chew gum at the same time.

    • Word

      Armed gangs with unarmed citizens is how Mexico got the same problem.

  • WetNurse

    Garry McCarthy says the intelligence is there. It’s just a matter of getting the information to beat officers so they can anticipate a retaliatory gang shooting.

    Are you kidding me McNumbnuts?

    • German Leprechaun

      Sweet Jesus! Is Super-Nintendo from the planet Krypton?!

    • saywhat3

      He should be fired just for that stupid statement.

  • phillmarines

    When ganbangers know the general public is armed they might think twice about haviing a gun to prove their manhood! ( Punks) know guns mean instant Power equals instant MAN
    Chicago gun control is a joke and thugs know the joke’s on us!

  • MARY

    he should hire some cops to back up his big talk.

  • joe college
    the real story of what goes on in the CPD from the front lines, no politics, no racism, no spin.
    How many of these killings will be stopped by the school zone cameras?
    At least the mayors friend has a nice contract and was rewarded for his campaign support

  • Laconic13

    CCW for Chicago!

  • Pamala E.

    I thought crime was down.

  • Redz

    Chicago has a unique gang problem alright. It is called Chicago City Government.

    • Phlix

      You’ve got it right the gangs in city hall are the problem.

      • obozosux

        Didn’t the citizens of Chicago put them there? The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    • 'Jericho' REALLY needs to happen

      You nailed it!

      “We has met the enemy, and they is us”.


    • Mudholder

      It`s called democrats !

      • John


    • Thom

      Best comment I’ve seen yet!

  • mamawati

    By the time illegal guns are traced good people are DEAD. Allow law abiding citizens to carry and crime will drop big time, The thugs will never know which good guy is armed. Right now, he assuems correctly that good guys are not armed and takes advantage of the situation. Get it?

  • taxpayer funded vacations

    If only they somebody to better organize their communities

    • jstain

      That’s what they need…. a community Orgabizer… hopefully they’ll be getting one on Jan14th

  • sculptestor

    hows that Liberal Social Engineering working out for ya?

  • NWA

    Oh well, so much for the tough talk.


  • richie

    the issue is that not enough police officers put in the whole 40 hours> i know , i watch them i watch and hear the stories from friends of mine that are cops. it’s crazy and their lazy. you accept the job then you do the work. simple. don’t cry about this and that. do the work. how many of you called the police when you see this stuff going o as i read some of these posts? as i thought. they want to curb the crime , it’s simple saturate neighborhood by neighborhood alternating days. they know where these people hang out. saturate it. bring in cadets as show of force for training assignments.bring in auxilary for patrol assignments. it’s not about hiring, it’s about using resources effectively. accountability. otherwise we will have 14 year old kids doing patrols again? who lost their job in that ordeal????exactly

  • B.G.

    I am shocked that gang members in Chicago have guns! This should not be! Don’t they know that Chicago is a gun free zone and it is illegal for everyone to own a gun. Can you imagine how unsafe it would be (for the gang members that is) if they let law abiding citizens own a gun. Arm the law abiding citizens and the gangs would pack it up and head for D.C or New York where they would be welcomed with open arms by their respective mayors.

  • jewhader


    • NWA

      Yo momma!


      • NWA

        My momma has sex wif evrybody!


  • jewhader

    let the negros police their own.

    • Percy Peanuss

      If by “police” you mean kill each other, sounds like a plan.

      • juju

        Only plan you make is when you go hunting for you sister and make her listen to Barry White while drinking your Ripple out of a paper bag. Either that, or when order On Demand all nite just to see nekkid chicks. Pervert.

  • Consultofactus

    I couldn’t be happier to see the fruits of decades of liberal democrat mob policies ripen! Ayn Rand foresaw this some 70 years ago – human devolving into animals because they have nothing as a core beliefs except envy of those who produce and hatered towards what they have become! LET THEN EAT CAKE!

    • yard ape 2

      Are you talking about Chicago mayors?

  • monica mimier


    • Heike Seik

      Well said !!!!!! They just don’t get it.

      • LucyLui

        The LEFT wants the little people to look to the Government as their god… that is why the LEFT is attacking the churches!

  • JoeKlip

    this is funny coming from a Chicago gangster politics.

  • Gsssss

    I’ve always thought the way to deal with gun crimes is this:
    You are caught in possession of a gun illegally, mandatory 5 years in prison. No exceptions.
    You injure someone with a gun in the commission of a crime, mandatory 10 years, no exceptions.
    You kill someone with a gun, death penalty.

    • SG

      Criminals commit crimes. Laws don’t stop them. There’s lots of places in Europe where you can’t have a gun. You could give that a try. But if you go, you might want to smuggle in a baseball bat for self defense. The summer’s coming, and the warm weather brings riots. That stuff never lasts so long here, because people start shooting the looters. Looters usually lose heart after a few are killed.

  • Maria

    I kept saying I was tired of going to funerals? I spoke too soon!!

    The young man who was shot at 6300 N. Oakley on Friday in Chicago
    was my insurance agent’s son 19.. Anthony Scott, he died on sunday
    of complications. His funeral is Friday, I just found out today, and I am in
    complete and utter shock!!

    Here is a kid that finished high school, and was attending jr college, never
    was in a gang, didn’t smoke, didn’t drink, this was the type of young man
    that was going to accomplish great things!!

    Andre honey, if you read this, my heart goes out to you and ihis mother.


    Anthony may you irest in peace, may you fly now because you have wings,
    may you keep flying up in the sky .. so high and never look back to the earth, that you took from your parents and us too soon

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