Union blasts Emanuel's plan to cut police department budget

September 1, 2011

Kate Dries and The Associated Press

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The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police said Wednesday that Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to cut money from the police budget is "a stunt." Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said he'd been asked by the Mayor to cut $190 million from the $1.3 billion budget.

But union spokesman Patrick Camden said the department is already a couple thousand people short of being fully staffed.

"This money that he's talking about saving - that was never going to be spent anyway. So we're just playing a game of smoke and mirrors here, said Camden. "'Emanuel the magnificent.' We're putting out numbers that have no substance to them."

Camden said the potential cuts also cast a shadow on the upcoming G8 and NATO summits in Chicago, where there have historically been large protests.

Chicago has approximately 13,500 budgeted positions for sworn officers. The union said they have a little over 11,000 currently working.