Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy
On the heels of a weekend that saw at least 37 people shot in Chicago – four of them fatally – Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said “lax state and federal gun laws” leave officers “running on a hamster wheel” in efforts to reduce gun violence.
As you finalize New Year’s Eve plans, Chicago’s top cop reminds you to figure out how you’ll get home, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.
The families of Chicago Police officers who were killed or badly injured are getting special visits this weekend, as the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation carries out the 7th annual Operation Santa, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.
Just this year, Chicago Police have seized 5,856 illegal firearms. Superintendent Garry McCarthy says that goes to show the challenge illegal guns pose to police and communities.
Superintendent McCarthy has claimed that the assault on the park never would have happened if Illinois had tougher gun laws. If suspect Bryon Champ was in jail, he wouldn’t have been involved in the shooting which triggered the revenge attack.
Thousands of Chicago Police officers, state troopers and members of the FBI, DEA and Secret Service came out for the St. Jude Memorial March to pay their respects to those that have been killed in the line of duty.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy took part in a spirited debate over gun violence this morning on the city’s South Side.