Chicago’s Top Cop Wants to Change How Policing is Done

July 29, 2011  |  

(The Grio) — On July 15, Garry McCarthy took the official oath as Chicago’s new police superintendent, and he was quick to assure the crowd that he would focus his efforts on creating a “partnership on a level unparalleled in the history of policing in this country.”  The timing couldn’t be better. After a string of violent summers and cuts in the police force, the Chicago community could use a different approach to law enforcement, and McCarthy, with almost 30 years of policing experience under his belt, might be just the person to fill this challenging role.  There’s no question that McCarthy has his work cut out for him. Just a day after his swearing-in ceremony, four people were killed in a 24-hour period across the city, resulting in a total of 87 murders during the summer months so far. And earlier this week, a 13-year-old boy was shot eight times after pointing a weapon at officers in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood, which prompted talk of police brutality and excessive use of force.

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