Police-involved shootings rising, McCarthy calls for residents' help

July 26, 2011

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is calling on residents to help bring down the number of police-involved shootings. McCarthy spoke to reporters Tuesday, after officers shot and wounded two residents Monday in unrelated incidents.

"I think that it's a much bigger picture that we need to be working on, and that's what I'm here to pitch today -- somebody help us, somebody help us figure out why it is that officers are getting assaulted at the rate that they are and why it is that we're in these armed confrontation situations," McCarthy said. "And I think, as a community, we're going to be able to solve this."

According to McCarthy, there have been more than 40 police-involved shootings so far this year, compared to 25 last year. When asked by reporters if Chicago cops might be "trigger-happy," McCarthy dismissed the idea. He said a weapon had been recovered in all but one of the shootings so far this year.

McCarthy gave his own suggestions as to what might help curb the rising number of shootings. First, he said residents should adhere to police commands, rather than running away from officers or attempting to assault them. He also suggested earlier curfews for city children, referencing a victim of one of the shootings on Monday.

"When we've got 13-year-old kids on the street late at night, whether it's a BB gun, a real gun or a replica firearm, that's a recipe for disaster," McCarthy said.

The city council is scheduled to vote Thursday on an ordinance to enact an earlier curfew.