CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Emanuel addressed the escalating number of shootings around the city and says some headway is being made in the war against crime.

“Our police are doing a very good job and need to continue to do that. We have, this summer, 18,000 kids in summer jobs. We have increased our investments in after-school programs. Just this week we passed the assault weapons ban,” said Emanuel.

He also says the community needs to step up to the plate.

“We need to replace, in my view, the code of silence with a moral code so that the police officers and the police departments have people to work with in their community that are there and ready to help and that will strengthen in my view the security that we need throughout the city,” said Emanuel.

Emanuel also reiterated that he wants to see sentencing laws strengthened to give someone convicted of a gun crime a minimum of three years behind bars.

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