McCarthy acknowledged it took several months after he took over the Police Department in 2011 to see how splintered street gangs had become.
Giving his first interview since he was finally confirmed by the Senate last month, Zach Fardon showed a willingness to stand up to the politicians who’ve put huge public pressure on him to do more to tackle the street violence plaguing Chicago’s South and West Sides.
Congressman Bobby Rush has called U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk’s idea of mass prosecutions of the 18,000-member Gangster Disciples an “upper-middle-class, elitist white boy solution to a problem he knows nothing about.”
U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk met today with Zachary Fardon, the nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney in Chicago, and told him they’d like to see him focus on street gangs and gun violence.
Local prosecutors in Illinois now have the power to go after street gangs as criminal organizations, much like the way federal prosecutors often target members of the mob.
With the street gang problem out of control in the Chicago area, more police departments are turning to the use of street gang lawsuits that allow them to prevent gang members from hanging out with each other.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has long insisted it would take more than a police force to rid some neighborhoods of gangs, guns and drugs. With a 52 percent rise in the murder rate so far this year, the Emanuel administration is now rolling out the “community” component to its crime-fighting efforts.
A new book spells out how Chicago area street gangs are using social media to plot and carry out their dirty work.