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Aldermen Differ On How To Solve Chicago’s Gun Violence

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CHICAGO (CBS) – Some Chicago Aldermen have different ideas about the way police should address the continuing gun violence in the City reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

Aldermen Ray Suarez and Walter Burnett are both quick to praise Chicago Police for the arrests in the Cornell Park Shootings on the South Side. And to those who say the City should get help quelling the violence from State Police or the National Guard, Suarez says not right now.

If Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says the Department can handle the challenge of gun violence, Suarez says he’s willing to wait for a time while the efforts take hold. But, he says, time is running out.

“We’re just going to have to wait and give some time, but time is running out if the numbers don’t start coming down,” said Suarez.

Alderman Burnett says thanks to the internet, Chicago’s international reputation is at stake as well as so many lives.

“All of these things that happen in Chicago go viral. People hear about it all over the world and we need to limit that because tourism plays such a big part in our economy,” said Burnett.

Burnett says the answer is simple: the City needs more police officers, something he says police officers have told him.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has maintained more officers aren’t needed.