Murder rate drops, Mayor Emanuel says Chicago can do better
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are under intense pressure to do more about violent crime in Chicago.
They spoke Monday about a significant decrease in the February and March murder rates over the same period last year, but say more can be done.
The month of March had 36 fewer murders than the previous year, a 69 percent reduction over March of 2012.
It’s the lowest total since 1959.
McCarthy says there is no one thing making police successful this year.
He says the targeted police saturation community based policing and intervention programs, among other initiatives, can all be credited with making a difference.
Emanuel and McCarthy both stress this is simply a start. “This is not a victory,” said McCarthy, “Zero murders would be a victory. But this is certainly progress.”
Mayor Emanuel says really making a change in homicides and gun violence in the state and the city of Chicago will depend on stronger legislation.