The burial last week of a baby killed by gunfire has Chicagoans struggling to make sense of the violence. The violence affects concerned residents but it also affects police officers, including the city’s top cop.
Superintendent Garry McCarthy says he takes each shooting and murder in the city personally and it weighs on him. He says working out is one thing that helps him deal with the pressure and stress. “And the other thing is my faith.” said McCarthy. “You know, a lot of people would be surprised to know that I’m religious and I believe. My trip to get to Chicago is so overwhelmingly different that it, in my mind, it can’t be an accident. I really believe that there’s a reason why I’ve made it to this place and time.”
McCarthy says he had no political clout and the first time he met Mayor Rahm Emanuel was when the two sat down for an interview.
McCarthy says any comprehensive solution to gun violence will have to include schools, parents, and dealing with poverty, but he says residents also have a right to demand answers from him and the mayor.