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.”