UPDATED: 10:39 p.m.
CHICAGO (CBS) — A day after most black aldermen called on him to be fired, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy went before the City Council and faced some tough questions during budget hearings Tuesday afternoon.
McCarthy appeared before the City Council’s Budget Committee to discuss the mayor’s spending plan for the Police Department in 2016. The hearing was chaired by Ald. Carrie Austin (34th), who was among the aldermen calling for McCarthy’s ouster, despite her frequent allegiance with Emanuel.
West Side Alderman Jason Ervin is one of those calling for McCarthy to be fired, and told the superintendent that promises to do something different about drugs haven’t been kept.
“Folks sell dope like it’s candy,” Ervin said. “Folks sell cigarettes like it’s candy, but yet we’re still talking about the same thing.”
But McCarthy says there are new efforts.
“We took one of our best narcotics investigators, we promoted him to captain and we put him in charge of all of those resources on the West Side,” McCarthy said.
Ninth Ward Ald. Anthony Beale was especially critical, if not personal: “Not once have you walked in my community since you’ve been superintendent.”
“Not once have you taken my phone call to listen to the concerns that I’m trying to bring before you.
“Superintendent you have been extremely disrespectful to every member of this body.”