WBEZ | Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-police-superintendent-garry-mccarthy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Police: Man, girl shot in response to game theft http://www.wbez.org/news/police-man-girl-shot-response-game-theft-107380 <p><p>A&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;man accused of killing a 6-month-old girl in a shooting that also wounded her father was seeking revenge for the theft of a video game console, authorities said Monday.</p><p>Koman Willis was charged with first-degree murder Monday in the death of the infant, Jonylah Watkins, who was shot on March 11 while sitting in her father&#39;s lap in a minivan. The baby&#39;s father, Jonathan Watkins, was seriously wounded in the attack, and police say he was the intended target.</p><p>The shooting, which took place in the middle of the day in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the city&#39;s South Side, was one of several earlier this year that brought attention to the gang violence in&nbsp;Chicago.</p><p>Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters the suspect is a documented gang member with 38 previous arrests and was acting in response to a burglary at his mother&#39;s home.</p><p>&quot;He knew Jonylah&#39;s father, Jonathan, and shot him in retaliation for a stolen video game system,&quot; McCarthy said. &quot;Jonylah was obviously not the intended target of this assault.&quot;</p><p>Willis is also charged with aggravated battery with a firearm, said Sally Daly, a spokeswoman for the Cook County State&#39;s Attorney&#39;s Office. A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. If found guilty, Willis could be sentenced to life in prison. Illinois does not have the death penalty.<img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP13052712014.jpg" style="height: 433px; width: 300px; float: right;" title="This photo provided by the Chicago Police Department shows Koman Willis. (AP/Chicago Police Department)" /></p><p>Chicago&nbsp;police devoted a large amount of resources to finding a suspect. McCarthy said Willis had long been a suspect, but &quot;the question was whether or not we could show it in a court of law.&quot;</p><p>Lt. Kevin Duffin, who led the investigation, told reporters that detectives found key witnesses last week.</p><p>Willis surrendered to police Saturday, McCarthy said. Police and the state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office could not immediately provide information about the man&#39;s attorney.</p><p>In March, McCarthy had said Watkins, who also has an extensive criminal history, was cooperating with the investigation but that there was &quot;a lot more&quot; help he could provide.</p><p>At the girl&#39;s funeral, several people lamented the &quot;code of silence&quot; that keeps some residents from reporting crimes, cooperating with authorities or even fingering members of rival gangs who have targeted them.</p><p>Religious leaders speaking at the funeral service implored those in attendance to transform gang-riven neighborhoods.</p><p>The shooting came just weeks after the slaying of Hadiyah Pendelton, a 15-year-old drum majorette who was shot a mile from President Barack Obama&#39;s home just days after she performed at the president&#39;s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Police believe she was gunned down in a case of mistaken identity.</p><p>Pendleton&#39;s death was one of more than 40 homicides in&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;in January, a total that made it the deadliest January in the city in more than a decade. Last year, homicides in&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;topped 500 for the first time since 2008.</p><p>However, homicides are down since then.&nbsp;Chicago&nbsp;had 109 homicides this year as of May 12, according to the latest Police Department crime statistics. That&#39;s a 39 percent drop compared with the same period last year.</p></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 16:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/police-man-girl-shot-response-game-theft-107380 Chief wants NATO lessons to translate to street corner policing http://www.wbez.org/news/chief-wants-nato-lessons-translate-street-corner-policing-99498 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/McCarthy and Emanuel 2.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says hosting NATO this past weekend is going to have some long-term benefits for his department.</p><p>McCarthy has talked a lot about how officers working the NATO protests started out wearing just their regular uniforms.</p><p>&ldquo;If we just came out in the riot gear from day one, we would have had an entirely different dynamic going on in this city.&nbsp; The confrontational appearance would have resulted in confrontation,&rdquo; McCarthy said.</p><p>McCarthy said the officers saw this weekend that you can either escalate a situation or de-escalate it.</p><p>&ldquo;It&#39;s not gonna be a big shift to get them to understand that instead of cursing at somebody and telling them to get off the corner, you explain to them, somebody just got shot down the block and maybe this isn&#39;t a good place to stand.&nbsp; It&#39;s two totally different dynamics,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>McCarthy said when officers treat people with respect, the police are viewed as legitimate and citizens become more concerned about not violating the law.</p></p> Wed, 23 May 2012 18:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chief-wants-nato-lessons-translate-street-corner-policing-99498 McCarthy publicly reassures Muslims http://www.wbez.org/story/mccarthy-publicly-reassures-muslims-96948 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-05/Garry McCarthy AP Paul Beaty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy addressed Chicago-area Muslims over the weekend for the first time since they learned that police conducted blanket surveillance of Muslims in Newark, N.J. while he was police director there.</p><p>Last week McCarthy met privately with Muslim civil rights leaders to allay their concerns on the issue. On Saturday at the annual fundraising banquet for the Chicago office of the Council on American Islamic Relations, McCarthy spoke to a much broader audience of hundreds of local Muslim-Americans.</p><p>“The Chicago Police Department does not, and will not, conduct blanket surveillance or profiling of any community in the City of Chicago,” said McCarthy.</p><p>He acknowledged that the recent revelation of the spying operation created a challenge for him in his new post.</p><p>“I’d like to make it very clear that I’m a big believer in communication and transparency,” he said, “and sometimes growing out of crisis, there’s an opportunity, and I believe that that’s the case here.”</p><p>McCarthy is the first Chicago Police Superintendent to have attended a CAIR-Chicago annual banquet, according to CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab. Rehab said even if McCarthy knew of the spying effort in Newark, he believes that McCarthy did not intend to target Muslims maliciously. He said he’s also hopeful McCarthy’s promise to build positive relations between police and Muslims in Chicago is sincere.</p><p>“Look, time will tell,” said Rehab. “Politicians make promises, leaders claim things - as do our leaders in our community.”</p></p> Sun, 04 Mar 2012 06:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/mccarthy-publicly-reassures-muslims-96948 Chicago Muslims reassured after meeting McCarthy http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-muslims-reassured-after-meeting-mccarthy-96824 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-23/RS3878_Garry McCarthy Police Dept Superintendant.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Less than one week after sending a letter to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, a Muslim rights advocate organization says it has been reassured that Chicago police will not undertake blanket surveillance of the city’s Muslim population.</p><p>The Chicago office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations addressed the letter to McCarthy after learning that while McCarthy was police director in Newark, N.J., he knew of a wide-ranging surveillance operation that the New York Police Department undertook to monitor Muslims in Newark. The 2007 surveillance operation, which NYPD characterized as a “joint operation” with the Newark Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, resulted in a 60-page report about where Muslims in Newark lived, socialized, and prayed.</p><p>McCarthy has distanced himself from the operation. On Tuesday morning, McCarthy met with individuals from CAIR-Chicago and from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, to respond to their concerns.</p><p>“We sought and received reassurances that such a program would not be carried out in Chicago and that the superintendent stood against community profiling and blanket investigations,” said CAIR-Chicago Executive Director Ahmed Rehab.</p><p>Rehab said he has no reason to believe that McCarthy, who was appointed to head Chicago’s police department by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, harbors any anti-Muslim sentiment.</p><p>“We’re hoping that this marks a new page for Muslim-police relations, in which we move forward,” said Rehab. “There’s two sides to the same coin: safety and civil rights, there can be a balance achieved between both, and there will be.”</p></p> Wed, 29 Feb 2012 14:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-muslims-reassured-after-meeting-mccarthy-96824 McCarthy explains 4-month upward trend in murders http://www.wbez.org/story/mccarthy-explains-4-month-upward-trend-murders-96489 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-16/RS3878_Garry McCarthy Police Dept Superintendant.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is explaining his tactics in the face of an upward trend in murders on his watch.</p><p>September 2011 had more murders than September of 2010. The same is true of October, November, and December. Those months all had more murders in 2011 than they did in 2010, before McCarthy was in Chicago.</p><p>McCarthy says the murder number is obviously very important, but its not the most important.</p><p>"The single most important indicator is gunshots and street-level robberies and I know it sounds callous because if you control those the murder rate will come down, and you're gonna have short-term spikes and you're gonna have long-term spikes but the long-term spikes indicate a problem, the short-term spikes don't," said McCarthy.<br> <br> McCarthy said they're bringing down the robbery and shooting numbers, and the murder numbers will eventually correct and reflect the progress they're making. He says when he was the chief in Newark, it took two years for the shooting and murder numbers to match up.</p></p> Fri, 17 Feb 2012 00:10:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/mccarthy-explains-4-month-upward-trend-murders-96489 Police see crime drop after crackdown http://www.wbez.org/story/police-see-crime-drop-after-crackdown-96300 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-10/photo(2).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Friday that crime is significantly down in two districts historically plagued by violence as a result of an initiative aimed at targeting gangs and drug markets in those areas.</p><p>McCarthy said murders in the Englewood (7th) and Harrison (11th) districts have dropped by a combined 63 percent compared to the same time last year, while shootings are down 36 percent.</p><p>The announcement comes less than a month after the department launched the Violence Reduction Initiative, adding extra police and narcotics officers to concentrate efforts on the two districts in order to bring down crime numbers city-wide.</p><p>"A day without shootings. Fifty-six hours without a shooting, like we did a couple of days ago. A week without a murder in this city. These are benchmarks that we build upon our successes. That is not declaring victory," said McCarthy on Friday.</p><p>McCarthy said federal agencies currently partnering with city police will now start putting more agents in the Englewood and Harrison districts.</p><p>Among other partnerships, the Drug Enforcement Agency will add three teams of officers to work on short- and long-term narcotics missions with the CPD Gang Intelligence and Narcotics unit. The Federal Bureau of Investigation will aid shooting investigative teams in both districts, as well.</p><p>"While all those resources have existed, they have not existed and focused in a concentrated fashion to come in behind where the police department has acted. That's what's unique here," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.</p><p>McCarthy said the two districts have accounted for a fourth of the overall crime in Chicago in recent years.</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 23:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/police-see-crime-drop-after-crackdown-96300 Stakeholders talk crime prevention strategies http://www.wbez.org/story/stakeholders-talk-crime-prevention-strategies-96296 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-10/mccarthy zimring.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Key institutions around Chicago are collaborating to address the city's crime and violence. The University of Chicago's Crime Lab along with other organizations convened two panels Friday to connect research with policy makers.</p><p>One panel focused on how education and social services can reduce crime. The other zeroed in on law enforcement strategies.</p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and Circuit Court Judge Paul Biebel all said social services need to play a bigger role in crime prevention. Judge Biebel said many people committing crimes are struggling with drug addiction and mental illness.</p><p>"What happens when they get out? Do we have housing for them? Do we training for them? How are we going to get them away from those people that brought them to jail in the first place?," Biebel said.</p><p>Roseanna Ander heads the Crime Lab and organized the event. She said with all the new management around the city, it's a good opportunity to change old ways of looking at crime.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 10 Feb 2012 22:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/stakeholders-talk-crime-prevention-strategies-96296 Slain Chicago officer eulogized as shooting investigation continues http://www.wbez.org/story/slain-chicago-officer-eulogized-shooting-investigation-continues-95329 <p><p>Chicago officials and members of the Chicago Police Department gathered in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city's West Side Thursday to pay their final respects to slain police officer Clifton Lewis.</p><p>Lewis was working off duty as a security guard at a convenience store last week when he was fatally shot by robbers in the Austin neighborhood.</p><p>Hundreds of police officers dressed in uniform filled United Baptist Church and spilled into its parking lot to say goodbye to the 41-year-old Chicago native on Thursday morning.</p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy all eulogized the slain officer during the funeral services.</p><p>"It was Lewis's quite humility, his comforting authority, his calm confidence that defined the officer, the father and friend we say goodbye to today," said Emanuel.</p><p>"He [Lewis] had what was needed to succeed in this profession, an incredible passion for what we are called to do and an extraordinary foundation of support," said McCarthy.</p><p>McCarthy received long, thunderous applause during the service when he promised to catch those connected with Lewis's death. McCarthy would not comment on details of the ongoing investigation, but the Chicago Police Department said it's looking at a significant number of leads in connection with Lewis's death.</p><p>The department is offering a $20,000 reward for information about those involved in the crime.</p></p> Thu, 05 Jan 2012 22:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/slain-chicago-officer-eulogized-shooting-investigation-continues-95329 McCarthy says war on drugs needs some tweaking http://www.wbez.org/story/mccarthy-says-war-drugs-needs-some-tweaking-94615 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-December/2011-12-05/P1000407.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday law enforcement is getting the war on drugs wrong, and they've been getting it wrong for a long time. In a speech to civic and business leaders McCarthy said law enforcement has been focused on drug dealers.</p><p>"We seize product.&nbsp; We put it on the table.&nbsp; We put up an organizational chart.&nbsp; We say look, we've done a great job.&nbsp; We arrested all these drug dealers.&nbsp; We seized all of these kilos of cocaine.&nbsp; We walk away and by the time we turn the corner there's somebody else standing there, right?" McCarthy said.</p><p>McCarthy said as long as somebody goes to that corner to buy drugs, a supplier will show up. "What happens if two suppliers show up?" McCarthy asked. "We might have actually caused violence by our narcotics enforcement because now those two guys are going to be in competition for the same spot."</p><p>McCarthy said police have to get rid of the demand for drugs by staying on that corner so that when customers arrive to buy drugs, there's just police and eventually they'll stop shopping there, the market will be gone and the dealers will have no reason to be there and they'll stay away, too.</p></p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 22:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/mccarthy-says-war-drugs-needs-some-tweaking-94615 Examining police involvement in Latin Kings crime ring http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-21/examining-police-involvement-latin-kings-crime-ring-94223 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-21/kevin dean.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago police officers once again found themselves on the wrong side of the law. Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy recently commented on two local police officers, Alex Guerrero and Antonio Martinez Jr., who were indicted for allegedly assisting the notorious Latin Kings street gang. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Hammond, Indiana announced the indictment against the two officers and 13 others Friday. The gang has been accused of a crime spree that involved murder, attempted murder and drug and gun sales. WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/feds-chicago-cops-helped-latin-kings-chicago-indiana-crimes-94206" target="_blank">Michael Puente</a> has been following the story and spoke with <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> about the latest developments.</p><p><em>Music Button: Empresarios "Siesta", from the CD Sabor Tropical (Fort Knox)</em></p></p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 14:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-21/examining-police-involvement-latin-kings-crime-ring-94223