Chicago police have taken 1,300 guns off the streets so far this year, and they continue to hold weekly press conferences to update the public on that number. Every Monday police have been displaying all the guns seized the previous week.
This week Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy also focused on an investigation that shut down a liquor store on Chicago’s West Side where drugs were being sold. McCarthy says the closure should be a warning to other business owners.
“There’s a big difference between a business owner contacting us and saying, ‘Look, I’m getting overrun by narcotics dealers and I don’t want anything to do with it and I’m scared,’ verses us going and doing an aggressive investigation because those sales are taking place indoors. So if they bring it to us it sheds a whole different light on it,” McCarthy said.
James O’Grady, the commander of the police department’s narcotics division, says undercover officers bought drugs inside the store on five occasions, in front of store employees. O’Grady says drug dealers moved their sales into the store simply because it was cold outside.