CHICAGO -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel went for a three-mile run this morning with some Chicago police recruits a day after he delivered a major policy speech with his plan to combat Chicago’s growing problem with street violence.
Emanuel delivered his vision for fighting crime in the nation's third-largest city that includes new efforts to mentor youths in violent neighborhoods, legislation and police reforms.
He spoke for about 40 minutes Thursday in front of an invitation-only crowd at Malcolm X College on the city's West Side. The friendly audience offered applause several times, including when Emanuel mentioned plans to add more police officers and a new mentorship program.
Emanuel says the "deck has been stacked" against many youths in Chicago and it's time to reshuffle the deck. The three-year mentoring effort will help over 7,000 young people in Chicago and will be paid for with $36 million in public and private funds.
About two dozen protesters gathered outside Malcolm X College holding up signs demanding Emanuel adopt a civilian police accountability council they want to investigate police misconduct.
They say the board Emanuel is proposing is a farce because they believe it will be controlled by the mayor and does not have a set budget.
One of the demonstrators, Pamela Hunt, said "Malcolm X would be turning over in his grave" if they weren't protesting.