NBC Chicago | Rahm Blames Democrat Predecessor for High Chicago Crime Rate

Mayor Rahm Emanuel went on the defensive Thursday about a  surge of recent homicides in Chicago and questioned why new law enforcement  tactics hadn’t been created before he was elected 10 months ago.

“You can say, ‘Are you doing it right,'” Emanuel said, “but  the question is, ‘Why were those policies not done before?'”

Between the start of 2012 and April 1, Chicago  Police recorded 120 homicides, a 60 percent spike over the 75 murders during  the same period in 2010 and 2011.

In response Emanuel told reporters he has toughened curfew  policy, dumped more resources into after-school programs and  changed the way  police deals with liquor stores, “a cancer in communities.”

“Prior to the 1,000 officers I put on the street, 600 of them  were doing  clerical work, not doing policing in our communities,” Emanuel said  during an unrelated press conference with Gov. Pat Quinn. “That’s a change.”




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