200 cops redeployed to streets in wake of teen’s violent death
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced changes to the department in the wake of the death of 15-year old Hadiya Pendleton.
200 officers will be redeployed from desk duty to street duty. They say the move will make the department more efficient.
The changes come too late for the family of Hadiya Pendleton. However, her father welcomes the changes, saying he hopes a bigger police presence could save others.
Nathaniel Pendleton says the shooting death this week of his daughter has yet to sink in with his family but he anticipates a lifetime of pain.
He applauds the city’s efforts to step-up policing.
The officers will be reassigned in small groups, with all 200 on the street by March.
The mayor says their purposed will be to reduce gun violence and gang activity.
“We should have clerks doing clerical work,” said McCarthy. “We don’t train people to be police officers and have them doing clerical work.”
Hadiya was shot in the back after taking her finals at King College Prep on Tuesday.
The sophomore had marched with the school’s band at the Presidential Inauguration in Washington, D.C. just a week ago.
Police believe the gunman mistakenly thought Pendleton and her friends were rival gang members.
The teen was an exemplary student and even took part in an anti-gang PSA while in the sixth grade.
“The loss of any child in any community in this city is a loss to the entire city,” said Mayor Emanuel.
60 officers will be redeployed immediately to the Central, North and South area police districts.
Civilians will pick up clerical responsibilities within the department.