WBEZ | Garry McCarthy http://www.wbez.org/tags/garry-mccarthy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en McCarthy dismissive of crime research http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-dismissive-crime-research-110026 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/RS3567_Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and Anita Alvarez_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the wake of a violent weekend Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is picking up an old talking point.</p><p>According to the Chicago police there were 26 shooting incidents this weekend, leaving 32 victims. Three people died from their wounds.</p><p>McCarthy says Illinois needs tougher gun laws, including mandatory minimum sentences for people caught carrying illegal guns.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had this conversation,&rdquo; McCarthy said at a press conference Monday. &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been having this conversation since I got here.&rdquo;</p><p>Crime researchers say there&rsquo;s no evidence to suggest that mandatory minimums reduce gun violence,&nbsp; but they say there&rsquo;s evidence that additional police officers would bring down violence.</p><p>McCarthy&rsquo;s response: &ldquo;Research is research, right?&nbsp; And you can make an argument any which way you want to based on what data says.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s real simple.&nbsp; If you don&rsquo;t go to jail for gun possession you continue to carry guns.&nbsp; You continue to carry guns, people get shot.&rdquo;</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel was unable to push the mandatory minimums bill through the legislature last year. The sponsor, Rep. Mike Zalewski, a Democrat,&nbsp; has said he plans to make another push,&nbsp; though there&rsquo;s no movement on the bill right now.</p></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-dismissive-crime-research-110026 Teens learning radio skills in Chicago police program http://www.wbez.org/news/teens-learning-radio-skills-chicago-police-program-109447 <p><p>A pair of police officers on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side are helping teens learn radio production in an effort to keep them off the streets and improve their views on cops.</p><p>The program in the Englewood neighborhood fits with a push by Chicago Police Department Superintendent Garry McCarthy to improve the relationship between police officers and the people they serve.</p><p>It is called the 7th District Youth Anti-Violence Media Program. It introduces teens to the ins and outs of radio production, and gives them a chance to get on the air.</p><p>The classes are held three days a week at Kennedy-King College. The broadcasting instructors there pitch in to teach the kids.</p><p>The program was started by Daliah Goree-Pruitt and Claudette Knight, both community policing (or CAPS) officers. The two started out as beat cops. Now they are in charge of neighborhood outreach, counseling crime victims, and running community meetings &nbsp;in a neighborhood struggling with some of the highest crime rates in the city.</p><p>The two had a lot to do already. Knight and Goree-Pruitt also do a weekly food give-away and hand out turkeys before Thanksgiving. On the Saturday before Christmas, they gave away toys at the station house located at 1438 W. 63rd Street.</p><p>But 7th District Deputy Chief Leo Schmitz came to them last spring with a new task.</p><p>&ldquo;He was like, &lsquo;Think of something that we can do for the kids,&rsquo;&rdquo; Goree-Pruitt said.</p><p>Schmitz was worried about the summer then coming up, when hot temperatures and idle teens could contribute to a spike in violent crime.</p><p>Knight said they wanted to do something new.</p><p>&ldquo;You know, something different, some other added activity because you always hear basketball, baseball, but not all kids are sports-inclined,&rdquo; Knight said.</p><p>They wanted to do a swim program, but they could not get the funding. Goree-Pruitt said the only thing the department had money for was t-shirts for the participants. So Goree-Pruitt and Knight needed partners.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/CAPS%202%20%281%29.jpg" style="height: 272px; width: 350px; float: right;" title="Jamar Houston of WKKC teaches Jermaine Robinson how to DJ. (WBEZ/Patrick Smith)" /></div><p>Kennedy-King College, about a mile west of the 7th District station, has a broadcasting department and its own radio station, WKKC. Knight said it was the &ldquo;perfect opportunity.&rdquo; They approached the college and got the OK.</p><p>So all they needed were students. This turned out to not be easy. The two went personally to high school principals in the area, asking them to recommend students for the program&hellip; and they got almost no response. Then they asked area pastors - again, nothing.</p><p>So Goree-Pruitt and Knight just started approaching random kids on the street and around the neighborhood.</p><p>That&rsquo;s how Genavie Clark heard about it.</p><p>&ldquo;One day [I was] sitting in Dunkin&rsquo; Donuts, and all the officers were sitting in Dunkin&rsquo; Donuts, and Officer Goree came up to my table and she told us about the radio program. So I signed up for it,&rdquo; Genavie said.</p><p>Ultimately, the two got 20 teens of high school age for that first summer class, and it went so well they did a smaller after-school version this fall.</p><p>The program gets by mostly on the power of Goree-Pruitt and Knight&rsquo;s charisma, which is considerable. But these two career cops know nothing about radio production, and they do not have any money to pay instructors.</p><p>So the students learn mostly by observing WKKC in action.</p><p>The kids are exposed to a lot of the skills that go into producing a radio show: hosting, logging tape, mixing audio - even DJ-ing.</p><p>Station manager Dennis Snipe comes in every once in awhile to talk to the students about diction and public speaking, the assistant program director lets them look over her shoulder while she logs tape, and the hosts give them pointers during music breaks.</p><p>The summer classes were from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., so the students had to be fed. The owner of a shopping plaza across the street from the station donated Subway sandwiches.</p><p>So it&rsquo;s a nice story. But at first glance, none of it seems much like police work.</p><p>Knight disagrees.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s all about community interaction, because the youth especially, most of their interaction with the police is negative. So if you start introducing a positive interaction at a teenage level, then they start to view us in a different way,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>WBEZ ran a story on Dec. 23 about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/8000-chicago-cops-now-little-friendlier-109425">police legitimacy training: thousands of Chicago cops re-learning how to best interact with the people they serve.</a></p><p>Efforts such as the radio program and legitimacy training fit with Superintendent McCarthy&rsquo;s priority on what he calls a return to community policing.</p><p>A recent study by Yale criminologist Andrew Papachristos found that Chicago in 2013 has had its lowest violent-crime rate in the past three decades. McCarthy credits community policing with a decrease in crime.</p><p>Goree-Pruitt believes it&rsquo;s part of her job to connect with people.</p><p>&ldquo;I feel like I can help these kids. I may not help all of them, but the ones that I can help, they&rsquo;ll know the police department just don&rsquo;t lock kids up,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Besides teaching them how to produce a radio show and to like cops, the officers use the class as a way to help the students deal with their own issues. They talk to the students about resolving conflicts, safe sex, and staying out of trouble.</p><p>Before they start the radio lessons, the students gather around a round table in a small windowless room across from the WKKC studios.</p><p>One of the girls is talking to Goree-Pruitt about problems she is having with her stepmom. She says her dad is getting a divorce, and he blames her.</p><p>Goree-Pruitt councils her on being the mature one, even though her stepmom is the adult.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;ve had the same issues, having two parents to living with just my mom, to my mom getting remarried, to my mom getting rid of all four of her daughters to be with this new husband, to my dad raising four daughters by himself. So I am no different from you all. Like I tell you all, because we&rsquo;re the police doesn&rsquo;t mean that we&rsquo;re not human,&rdquo; Goree-Pruitt told them.</p><p>Goree-Pruitt and Knight look tougher than they sound, and they both spent time on the beat, dealing with high-stress situations. But they also have families of their own, so maybe it is not surprising that they connect so well with teens.</p><p>&ldquo;When I come here it just, all my stress just goes away,&rdquo; freshman Wattsita Henley said.</p><p>The fall class, which ended earlier this month, was five high schoolers, three girls and two boys, and most did not seem like the types police really need to worry about.</p><p>Freshman James Cross Jr. said the closest he has ever gotten to drugs is seeing weed in a bag at school.</p><p>&ldquo;One of my friends showed me a bag, and I don&rsquo;t know why but I just started laughing,&rdquo; James &nbsp;told the group.</p><p>The other boy, Jermaine Robinson, has gotten into some trouble in the past.</p><p>He left Englewood to live with his grandmother in suburban Hazel Crest for a few years. &nbsp;He said he came back because it was just too quiet out there.</p><p>Robinson is about to start at Winnie Mandela, an alternative high school in the South Shore neighborhood.</p><p>He likes working with his hands, so he is trying to learn how to DJ.</p><p>His ultimate goal is to be a computer engineer.</p><p>&ldquo;Because like, when I was in 5th grade we did a program, and I earned a computer and I was taking it apart and putting it back together and stuff like that,&rdquo; Jermaine said.</p><p>Goree-Pruitt said she is not worried about what type of kids they are reaching, adding that she is just glad to be reaching any.</p><p>&ldquo; All I can say is that you touch one you reach another one, because they&rsquo;ll tell, they&rsquo;ll tell their friends.&rdquo;</p><p>The next radio class starts in January.</p><p>Patrick Smith is a WBEZ producer and reporter. Follow him <a href="https://twitter.com/pksmid">@pksmid</a>.</p></p> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/teens-learning-radio-skills-chicago-police-program-109447 8,000 Chicago cops now a little friendlier http://www.wbez.org/news/8000-chicago-cops-now-little-friendlier-109425 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Bruce Lipman.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>There&rsquo;s a video that&rsquo;s gone viral of a Baltimore police officer getting some kids in trouble for skateboarding. He puts a seemingly compliant 14-year-old in a headlock and pulls him to the ground. &ldquo;Sit down!&rdquo; the officer yells. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not a dude!&nbsp; When I&rsquo;m talking to you, you shut your mouth and you listen!&rdquo;</p><p>The officer is unhinged. The video is about three and a half minutes and there are several times when the confrontation seems to be over. The kids stand around looking down and shuffling their feet but then the cop turns around, comes back and kicks it off again.</p><p>&ldquo;Son, what is your problem?&nbsp; Do you go to school and give your teacher this kind of lip and back-talk your teacher?&nbsp; Now what makes you think you can do it to a police officer?&rdquo;</p><p>The teen, flabbergasted, says Duuuude.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Stop calling me dude!&rdquo; the officer yells. &ldquo;A dude is somebody who works on a ranch!&nbsp; I&rsquo;m not man, I&rsquo;m not dude, I am officer Rivieri.&rdquo;</p><p>It was probably helpful that Officer Rivieri identified himself on tape for future disciplinary proceedings. He was fired.</p><p>Cops are trained to take control, but Chicago police are being taught there&rsquo;s more than one way to do that. You don&rsquo;t always have to come on strong, yelling out commands. In fact, officers are learning that that approach can actually make policing much harder.</p><p><strong>McCarthy cites research</strong></p><p>The video with Officer Rivieri is being used in a class at the Chicago police academy in what NOT to do. The one-day training on something called police legitimacy, an idea based on academic research into effective policing. Superintendent Garry McCarthy has been pushing it since he came to Chicago. He often drops the names of researchers and academics Tracey Meares and Tom Tyler who have articulated and championed the twin ideas of procedural justice and police legitimacy.</p><p>McCarthy explained those ideas on WBEZ&rsquo;s Afternoon Shift in February of 2012.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not what you do, it&rsquo;s how you do it,&rdquo; said McCarthy. &quot;So you can stop somebody but when you explain to them why you stopped them, and when you leave them with a different taste in their mouths rather than saying now, get the hell off the corner, there&rsquo;s a whole different intention that people take away from that encounter.&rdquo;</p><p>So, let&rsquo;s say you get pulled over and get a ticket but the cop was really nice. The research finds that you could leave that interaction feeling good about police even though you got a ticket. On the flip side, let&rsquo;s say you don&rsquo;t get the ticket but the cop is a total&hellip; well, let&rsquo;s keep it clean for the kids and just say he&rsquo;s not nice. Even though you didn&rsquo;t get a ticket you&rsquo;ll likely leave that interaction with a negative view of police.</p><p>The point is, it&rsquo;s not just the outcome that matters. The process is important, hence the name: procedural justice. McCarthy explains. &ldquo;You explain to them why you stopped them, somebody got shot here, there&rsquo;s somebody with a gun around the corner, whatever the case might be, instead of just saying, &lsquo;Shut up.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ll ask the questions.&rsquo;&nbsp; Whole different dynamic there, so that&rsquo;s a cultural change in policing that we have to infuse into the department-- of respect.&rdquo;</p><p>Since McCarthy made those comments almost two years ago the department has trained 8,000&nbsp; officers. McCarthy says this is a step towards repairing the legacy of mistrust between poor communities of color and the police.</p><p><strong>At the police academy</strong></p><p>By seven on a fall morning, Mike Reischl is getting a couple dozen officers settled in a class room at the Chicago Police Academy on the city&rsquo;s West Side. He tells the officers there&rsquo;s coffee in the back and asks them to contribute 50 cents. He clarifies that all the money goes to purchasing the coffee and drinks at the back. I guess it&rsquo;s just in case you think someone might be skimming a couple quarters here and there.</p><p>&ldquo;Police legitimacy, it&rsquo;s got a lousy name doesn&rsquo;t it?&nbsp; It does!&rdquo; Reischl tells the class. &ldquo;Somewhere along the line you get the connotation that somehow you&rsquo;re illegitimate, right?&nbsp; So you got to come here and be legitimate.&rdquo;</p><p>Reischl tells the officers that they&rsquo;re not here because something went wrong, or because someone filed a lawsuit.</p><p>Like the other instructors Reischl wears a shirt and tie and there&rsquo;s a gun on his hip. Police officers sit in plainclothes at desks pushed together into groups of four. Half the lights are off in the room so it&rsquo;s easier to see the powerpoint presentation on the screen. Reischl casts a shadow on the screen as he moves around the front of the classroom and lays out a scenario.</p><p>&ldquo;You got four gangbangers up against the car,&rdquo; Reischl says. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s Friday night in the summertime, it&rsquo;s a real hot night.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s going to be rocking and rolling all night long and all weekend long.&nbsp; So you start your tour of duty, you want to find out what&rsquo;s going on, what&rsquo;s the conflicts?&nbsp; What&rsquo;s the problems I&rsquo;m going to have to manage?&nbsp; So you see the usuals on the corner and you throw &lsquo;em up against the car and you start going through &lsquo;em. You want that intelligence, okay, you build that rapport. All of a sudden they start talking to you. Yeah, Junebug&rsquo;s mad at Mookie.&nbsp; Mookie&rsquo;s mad at Junebug, all that kind of nonsense. Alright?&nbsp; But there&rsquo;s four of them and there&rsquo;s two of you. Good officer safety technique, hey get another unit over there. Go on the radio get back-up. The gangbangers, they start giving you the information you need. All weekend long you&rsquo;re going to need this information. All of a sudden your back-up shows up, car pulls up, all of a sudden copper hops out of the car, starts walking toward those kids, every one of those kids shut up because they realize who&rsquo;s walking towards them. All of a sudden all of that intel goes out the window.&nbsp; Why did they shut up when that one officer shows up on the scene?&nbsp; Didn&rsquo;t treat them fairly and respectfully, and now guess what?&nbsp; You don&rsquo;t know what&rsquo;s going on on your beat.&rdquo;</p><p>I can&rsquo;t help but think that if there are any cops in this room who have used bull-headed techniques in the past, they might be shrinking in their chairs at the thought that their brothers and sisters in blue might view their tactics as moronic. Reischl goes on to tell his students they need to listen to the citizens they&rsquo;re serving.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t give anybody a voice and you don&rsquo;t listen, the people on the other end get irritated and get mad.&nbsp; How many coppers, &lsquo;sit down, shut up.&rsquo;&nbsp; &lsquo;I didn&rsquo;t even tell you why I&hellip;.&rsquo; &lsquo;Sit down and shut up!&rsquo;&nbsp; Well, I didn&rsquo;t even tell you why i called you&hellip;.&rsquo;&nbsp; &lsquo; SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP I&rsquo;M THE POLICE I&rsquo;LL LOCK YOU UP!&rsquo;&nbsp; Coppers do that, right?&nbsp; They don&rsquo;t give em the voice,&rdquo; says&nbsp; Reischl.</p><p>All this training is based on research measuring how citizens engage with police. But Reischl knows his audience and he and the other instructors sometimes poke fun at the &ldquo;pointy headed&rdquo; researchers and academics who come up with the phrases like, &ldquo;giving voice.&rdquo; But one instructor tells the cops that even the best batters in the major leagues take advice on their swing from people who can&rsquo;t hit a ball but know the physics of hitting the sweet spot on the bat.</p><p>And the instructors appeal to the officers&rsquo; self-interest.</p><p><strong>Chill out.&nbsp; You&rsquo;ll be less stressed.</strong></p><p>Reischl asks each pod of four officers to write down their goals on a large white sheet of paper that&rsquo;s taped to the wall. Each group comes up with essentially the same list. The officers want to make it home safe each night, make it to retirement and avoid lawsuits or getting sent to prison themselves.</p><p>Instructors then talk about how treating citizens with respect is a way to get more trust and compliance from citizens. Compliance means less stress and less physical contact and that means cops get to go home safe.</p><p>For Officer Nicholas Gould, a lot of this is just common sense. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a good day if you don&rsquo;t throw down.&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t need to come to work and get hurt.&nbsp; I don&rsquo;t need broken bones or skinned knees or, what&rsquo;s the one rule?&nbsp; To go home safely,&rdquo; Gould says.</p><p>Gould is 6&rsquo;1&rdquo; and more than 300 pounds and in this classroom he kind of looks like an adult sitting in a child-sized desk. We chat during a break and he tells me perhaps because of his size, he rarely needs to put his hands on people to get them to comply ,but he also says he&rsquo;s respectful and able to keep his cool even in heated situations.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m able to, I don&rsquo;t know how you say this, like, just calm people.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m very good at that,&rdquo; he says..</p><p><strong>Does it work?</strong></p><p>A couple officers I talk to make fun of this class. One who is a couple months from retirement says it&rsquo;s a little bit late.&nbsp; But most of the officers say it&rsquo;s a good reminder. That&rsquo;s what Lt. Bruce Lipman hoped when he developed the training.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s a fairly nasty part of society that police see,&rdquo; Lipman says during the lunch break of the legitimacy training. &ldquo;We very seldom get called to a house and asked, &lsquo;Hey listen, you want to come over and have tea and coffee?&rsquo; Even people who are, you know, just victimized, we feel bad for those victims. Just over time, just starts to make officers cynical and they start to kind of lose their way a little bit about why they started on the job.&nbsp; Most of the officers, 99 percent of the time, I mean really, and the statistics bear this out, do the right thing. They&rsquo;ve learned this is the way to do it but this is more like a refresher for them.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>More research</strong></p><p>Lipman says the police department isn&rsquo;t just hoping that this training has an impact. They&rsquo;re measuring it with help from Wesley Skogan at Northwestern University. Lipman says thousands of officers have been surveyed, some before taking the training and some after. They were asked to rate statements like &ldquo;listening and talking to people is a good way to take charge of situations.&rdquo; Officers who filled out the survey after the training gave that statement significantly more importance than officers who hadn&rsquo;t yet had the training.</p></p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 23:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/8000-chicago-cops-now-little-friendlier-109425 Chicago Police: 6,500 guns seized so far this year http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-6500-guns-seized-so-far-year-109337 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP758722197507.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Police say they have seized more than 6,500 illegal firearms this year.</p><p>The department routinely leads the nation in the number of guns seized by a wide margin. The latest totals put the force on pace to confiscate about 7,000 illegal guns for the year.</p><p>Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has said that the seizure of illegal firearms is part of a crime fighting effort that has resulted in a significant drop in the number of homicides and shootings this year. In 2012 the city&#39;s violence &mdash; and a total of more than 500 homicides &mdash; caught the attention of the national media.</p><p>In a news release, McCarthy reiterated his contention that even tougher state and federal gun laws are needed to reduce those numbers.</p></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 10:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-6500-guns-seized-so-far-year-109337 Heroin: It's cheap, it's available and it's dangerous business http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304 <p><p>Chicago is a major trafficking route for <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ap-impact-cartels-dispatch-agents-deep-inside-us" target="_blank">Mexican cartels</a> and has become a hub for the distribution of heroin across the Midwest. The dangerous result has been an increase in heroin overdose deaths in Illinois.</p><p>That has WBEZ and the <em><a href="http://chicagoreader.com/heroin%20" target="_blank">Chicago Reader</a></em> digging into how so much heroin gets here, how it&rsquo;s distributed and who gets hurt. Those stories will unfold over the next two weeks.</p><p>But let&rsquo;s begin with some background:</p><p>Heroin is purer, the street price has <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304#price">significantly dropped</a> and the growing cohort of users is white suburban young people.</p><p>Jack Riley is the no-nonsense agent who runs the Chicago division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. He&rsquo;s made it a goal to dismantle one Mexican cartel&rsquo;s grip.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s really clear to us that Sinaloa really controls 70-80 percent of the narcotics in and out of Chicago and thus the Midwest,&rdquo; Riley said.</p><blockquote><p><strong>By the numbers</strong></p></blockquote><blockquote><ul><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304#seizures">Heroin seizures in the Chicago area</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304#ervisits">Heroin-related ER visits by city</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></li><li><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304#price">U.S. retail price of heroin&nbsp;</a></strong></li></ul></blockquote><p>The leader of the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/magazine/how-a-mexican-drug-cartel-makes-its-billions.html?_r=0" target="_blank">Sinaloa</a> cartel is <a href="http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tf1817.aspx" target="_blank">El Chapo Guzman</a>. He&rsquo;s considered the world&rsquo;s most powerful drug trafficker and is designated &ldquo;Public Enemy Number 1&rdquo; in Chicago. And, by the way, Riley says Guzman once put a bounty on his head.</p><p>&ldquo;Chapo Guzman is a logistical genius. He&rsquo;s been on top of the game for 25 years. He has an unlimited amount of revenue. He has the ability to corrupt, obviously to kill. And I think he&rsquo;s relentless in his control of the Midwest and heroin market,&rdquo; Riley said.</p><p>Riley previously worked DEA investigations in the border city of El Paso, Texas.</p><p>He said the cartel&rsquo;s focus on heroin is a market decision, based on Sinaloa&rsquo;s ability to produce and continue to supply the drug, with the cooperation of Colombian producers.</p><p>&ldquo;If you look into Mexico, you&rsquo;re seeing them really fortify their ability to produce high-quality poppies and in turn produce heroin on their own. That&rsquo;s something we hadn&rsquo;t seen up until the last few years. The majority of it was being produced by the Colombians. We&rsquo;re seeing the migration of two producers come together to serve one market,&rdquo; Riley said.</p><p>And that is contributing to the heroin problem in Chicago, its suburbs and the Midwest, because the drug is more accessible these days at cheaper prices.</p><p>The Sinaloa cartel&rsquo;s impact is currently playing out in a smattering of <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/October-2013/Sinaloa-Cartel/" target="_blank">federal</a>&nbsp;court <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/drug-trafficking-case-deal-flores-twins-witnesses/Content?oid=11463514" target="_blank">cases</a> in Chicago.</p><p><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/insert-images/Heroin seizures_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" name="seizures" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Heroin%20seizures_1.jpg" style="float: left; width: 375px; height: 401px;" title="Click to enlarge (WBEZ/Patrick Smith)" /></a></p><p><a name="seizures"></a>Heroin dealing stretches throughout the Chicago region and collar counties.</p><p>However, the most visible aspect of drug trafficking is typically open-air drug markets in low-income areas of the city.</p><blockquote><p><strong>RELATED: <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/heroin-arrests-sales-dealers-west-side-economics/Content?oid=11722393" target="_blank">The <em>Chicago Reader</em>&#39;s Mick Dumke on the business of drugs: The West Side&rsquo;s main employer&nbsp;</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>And that face tends to be young black males on the corner. This group is also disproportionately represented in the criminal justice system. &nbsp;And they&rsquo;re there for narcotics violations. Open-air drug markets disrupt quality of life and often invite violence in many Chicago communities. But they are just part of the heroin story.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a lot of drug selling that occurs that isn&rsquo;t open air. We don&rsquo;t see that, so there&rsquo;s that hidden part,&rdquo; said Kathleen Kane-Willis. She is the director of the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University&mdash;and a former heroin user.</p><p>Kane-Willis said people of all races struggle with substance abuse.</p><p>&ldquo;The drug markets tend to reinforce existing beliefs about who uses and who sells drugs. So we tend to think of African-American males as users and sellers of drugs. As we start to look outside of that framework we can see that&rsquo;s not the case,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>Experts say the upward trend of heroin use started in 2004. In fact, Metro Chicago now leads the nation in emergency room visits for heroin overdoses.&nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://llnw.wbez.org/insert-images/Heroin related ER visits_1.jpg" target="_blank"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" name="ervisits" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Heroin%20related%20ER%20visits_1.jpg" style="float: right; width: 400px; height: 386px;" title="Click to enlarge (WBEZ/Patrick Smith)" /></a></div><p><a name="ervisits"></a>Kate Mahoney is the executive director of Peer Services, a suburban-focused treatment program based in Evanston. People trickle in for counseling and methadone, which treats heroin addiction, one weekday morning.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m shocked that I&rsquo;ve been doing this work for 30 years and in 1983 when I started working in addiction treatment, a bag of heroin cost about $50. And today in 2013, you can purchase a bag of heroin (for) between $5-10,&rdquo; Mahoney said.</p><p>That makes the drug more accessible. And people don&rsquo;t have to use needles anymore. Heroin can be snorted and is regarded in some circles as a recreational drug. Law enforcement officials say it arrives from Mexico 90 percent pure and is sold at a purity of nine to 12 percent on the street after being cut and pumped with additives.</p><p>Mahoney says decades ago, heroin was an end-of-the-line drug after people had been abusing 10 to 12 other drugs. But it&rsquo;s not always the case.</p><p>&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a number of parents on the North Shore who can&rsquo;t see or believe that their child has a problem. We&rsquo;ve seen young people die because they don&rsquo;t understand that it could be their child&mdash;who&rsquo;s going to a top high school and achieving well and simultaneously looking at college applications and prepping for the ACT or SAT&mdash;might also be using heroin,&rdquo; Mahoney said.</p><p>Chicago is uniquely positioned as a major heroin hub because of its centralized location and ample transportation that can help people deliver and disperse narcotics across the Midwest.</p><p>The Chicago Police Department is trying to curb the street violence that accompanies the drug trade. The police narcotics strategy is to erase open-air drug markets and turn those blocks back over to the community by coordinating city services and clean up.</p><p>But doesn&rsquo;t that mean drug dealing will move to another corner?</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t think that law enforcement is going to fix the narcotics problem in this country. And many people would say that&rsquo;s blasphemy, but I think it&rsquo;s reality,&rdquo; Supt. Garry McCarthy said. &ldquo;The fact is what&rsquo;s our baseline issue: reducing crime and violence in the city. What I&rsquo;m trying to do is stop getting people killed on the street corners in the city of Chicago.&rdquo;</p><p>But as long as the demand for drugs is high, the supply will be there<a name="price"></a>.<span id="cke_bm_227E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_226E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_248E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_247E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_246E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_245E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_244E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_243E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_242E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_241E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_240E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_239E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_238E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_237E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_236E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_235E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_234E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_233E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_232E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_231E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_230E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_229E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_228E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_227E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_226E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span><span id="cke_bm_225E" style="display: none;">&nbsp;</span></p><script type="text/javascript" src="//ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/static/modules/gviz/1.0/chart.js"> {"dataSourceUrl":"//docs.google.com/a/chicagopublicradio.org/spreadsheet/tq?key=0AluraWM750W7dDhWUGxSM2VPY0NKY0R6elVRcE9RalE&transpose=1&headers=0&range=A1%3AAE100&gid=0&pub=1","options":{"titleTextStyle":{"bold":true,"color":"#000","fontSize":16},"animation":{"duration":0},"width":620,"hAxis":{"useFormatFromData":true,"title":"Inflation-adjusted prices (in 2011 dollars) for purchases of 1 gram or less. 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She can be reached at&nbsp;<a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>&nbsp;or on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me" target="_blank">Google+</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore" target="_blank">Twitter</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/heroin-its-cheap-its-available-and-its-dangerous-business-109304 CPD: Chicago on track for lowest number of murders in decades http://www.wbez.org/news/cpd-chicago-track-lowest-number-murders-decades-108262 <p><p>The first few months of 2012 were very violent, and gun violence in Chicago was often in the national headlines. The year ended with a little more than 500 murders. That&rsquo;s higher than the 450 homicide the city had each year for much of the last decade, but still much lower than the 1990s, when there were sometimes more than 900 a year.</p><p>Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says murders are back down from last year&rsquo;s rise and shootings are also down, which is important.</p><p>&ldquo;In a city where 85 percent of the murders are by gunshot, we concentrate on reducing the gunshots to reduce the murders,&rdquo; said McCarthy in an interview with Thursday.</p><p>The department says there were 231 murders in the first eight &nbsp;months of this year. McCarthy says that&rsquo;s fewer than any year since 1965.</p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/cpd-chicago-track-lowest-number-murders-decades-108262 Chicago Police want photos from your cellphone http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-want-photos-your-cellphone-107992 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Garry McCarthy.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>In the wake of a violent Fourth of July weekend Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is announcing several initiatives to increase communication between citizens and police.</p><p>In addition to new Twitter accounts and online beat meetings, McCarthy says citizens who call 911 can now also send photos to police from their cellphones.</p><p>&ldquo;If we have a picture of a criminal committing a crime, and we&rsquo;re approaching the scene, we might catch the guy two blocks away,&rdquo; McCarthy said at a press conference Monday. &ldquo;Usually that criminal is not on the scene and our best officers don&rsquo;t go right to the scene. They get the description and they canvass the area and that&rsquo;s how they pick up the criminals so something like that would be an unbelievable assistance to our men and women.&rdquo;</p><p>Photos will go to the city&rsquo;s Crime Prevention Information Center, and then images with valuable information will be forwarded to officers in the field. The department says citizens should not put themselves in danger to take photos of crimes and criminals.</p></p> Tue, 09 Jul 2013 08:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-want-photos-your-cellphone-107992 Police Board fires cops for conduct captured on gang video http://www.wbez.org/news/police-board-fires-cops-conduct-captured-gang-video-107131 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Cop Video Capture.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Police Board has fired two officers for conduct captured on a 2011 gang video (above) discovered by WBEZ.</p><p>The board found patrol officers Susana La&nbsp;Casa, 49, and Luis Contreras, 44, guilty of numerous administrative charges and decided the fitting punishment was dismissal, according to James P. Lynch, the attorney who represented the police department in the case.</p><p>The guilty charges, Lynch said, included unlawfully restraining a youth, transporting him without a valid police purpose to the turf of a gang that would threaten him, and making a false statement about the incident to an Internal Affairs detective.</p><p>La Casa and Contreras arrived March&nbsp;19, 2011, on a Logan Square block to assist two officers who had handcuffed a gang member named Miguel &ldquo;Mikey&rdquo; Castillo. The youth ended up in the backseat of the SUV that La&nbsp;Casa and Contreras were driving. They drove him to a block of nearby Humboldt Park that a rival gang claimed as its territory.</p><p>A 90-second amateur video shot there shows La&nbsp;Casa and Contreras outside the SUV, a Chevrolet Tahoe with standard police markings. Three of the doors are open as onlookers converge, peer in on Castillo, taunt him and flash their gang&rsquo;s hand signal. As Castillo tries to cover his face, La&nbsp;Casa tells him, &ldquo;Put your fucking hand down.&rdquo;</p><p>The video appeared briefly on YouTube, where WBEZ spotted it. The department quickly stripped La&nbsp;Casa and Contreras of their police powers and began an investigation. Interim police Supt. Terry Hillard called the incident &ldquo;not professional&rdquo; and said &ldquo;scared straight&rdquo; tactics were always inappropriate.</p><p>Supt. Garry McCarthy, Hillard&rsquo;s successor,&nbsp;recommended last September that the board dismiss the officers. At the board&rsquo;s evidentiary hearing, which lasted two days in February, La&nbsp;Casa and Contreras insisted they were just trying to give the young man a ride home and he never faced danger.</p><p>La&nbsp;Casa declined to comment about the dismissal.&nbsp;Contreras and attorney William N. Fahy, who represented the officers,&nbsp;did not return calls.</p><p>Neighborhood reactions varied. Eric Hudson, a homeowner who worked with La&nbsp;Casa and Contreras against Logan Square gang activity, said the dismissal stemmed from a police department culture &ldquo;weighted to Irish male cops.&rdquo;</p><p>Hudson called La&nbsp;Casa, an Illinois-licensed clinical counselor, a hard worker who did not deserve to be branded as abusive. &ldquo;This woman is a social worker, not Jon Burge,&rdquo; Hudson said, referring to the notorious Chicago detective imprisoned in connection to police torture cases.</p><p>But Rev. Kenny Ruiz, the former head of a gang-intervention program at the McCormick Tribune YMCA, hopes the dismissal sends a message to other officers. &ldquo;Do what the side of the police car says: &lsquo;Serve and Protect.&rsquo; That means everyone,&rdquo; Ruiz said. &ldquo;They can be the conduit for something positive for the young people and the challenges that they face.&rdquo;</p><p>The board, a nine-member panel appointed by the mayor, does not usually dismiss officers recommended for that punishment. During this year&rsquo;s first three months, the board fired just three of 13 officers that either the police department or the Independent Police Review Authority had recommended for discharge. In eight of those cases, the board ruled that the fitting punishment was a suspension or reprimand. In another case, the respondent resigned. In another, the department withdrew the charges.</p><p>Under Illinois law, officers can appeal their dismissals to Cook County Circuit Court.</p><p>Castillo, who did not suffer physical harm, received $33,000 from the city as part of a settlement in a civil suit over the incident, according to an attorney representing him. The suit, filed in federal court, alleged false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress.</p><p>State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez&rsquo;s office reviewed the incident but declined to bring a criminal case.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/cmitchell-0">Chip Mitchell</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s West Side bureau reporter. Follow him on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/ChipMitchell1">@ChipMitchell1</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZoutloud">@WBEZoutloud</a>, and connect with him through <a href="https://www.facebook.com/chipmitchell1">Facebook</a> and <a href="http://www.linkedin.com/in/ChipMitchell1">LinkedIn</a>.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 11 May 2013 06:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/police-board-fires-cops-conduct-captured-gang-video-107131 Police to business owners: Don't ignore drug dealing http://www.wbez.org/news/police-business-owners-dont-ignore-drug-dealing-106024 <p><p><span id="internal-source-marker_0.7334181284950736">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.</span><br /><br />This week Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy also focused on an investigation that shut down a liquor store on Chicago&rsquo;s West Side where drugs were being sold. McCarthy says the closure should be a warning to other business owners.<br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s a big difference between a business owner contacting us and saying, &lsquo;Look, I&rsquo;m getting overrun by narcotics dealers and I don&rsquo;t want anything to do with it and I&rsquo;m scared,&rsquo; 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,&rdquo; McCarthy said.<br /><br />James O&rsquo;Grady, the commander of the police department&rsquo;s narcotics division, says undercover officers bought drugs inside the store on five occasions, in front of store employees. O&rsquo;Grady says drug dealers moved their sales into the store simply because it was cold outside.</p></p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 15:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/police-business-owners-dont-ignore-drug-dealing-106024 Fate of cops on gang video now up to Police Board http://www.wbez.org/news/fate-cops-gang-video-now-police-board-105520 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/neighborphotoCROP.jpg" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px; float: left; height: 234px; width: 350px;" title="During the 2011 incident, three doors of their SUV were open as onlookers peered in from both sides. (Special to WBEZ)" /></p><p>The fate of two Chicago cops recommended for dismissal because of their conduct in a gang video is now up to the city&rsquo;s Police Board, which will review a trial-like hearing about the case that ended Wednesday afternoon.</p><p>In closing arguments, an attorney for Chicago police Supt. Garry McCarthy said officers Susana La Casa, 49, and Luis Contreras, 44, illegally held and transported a young man, Miguel &ldquo;Mikey&rdquo; Castillo, and violated six police department rules.</p><p>The attorney, James P. Lynch, disputed testimony by La Casa and Contreras that they had simply tried to give Castillo a ride home in 2011, when a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/cops-gang-video-%E2%80%98we-were-giving-youth-ride-home%E2%80%99-105382">90-second video</a> captured the officers with the youth in the backseat of their marked SUV on the city&rsquo;s Northwest Side. The video shows onlookers converging on the vehicle and flashing signs of the gang that claims the area.</p><p>&ldquo;These officers could not testify that they offered to serve as an escort or protection for him,&rdquo; Lynch said. &ldquo;Nor do we see any attempts by these officers to offer assistance or take him up to any home on that block. What you see are both of these officers opening the doors and allowing known Latin King gang members to approach with camera cell phones in the air and videotape their taunts.&rdquo;</p><p>Lynch pointed to a moment in the video when La Casa tells Castillo, &ldquo;Put your fucking hand down,&rdquo; as the young man tries to cover his face.</p><p>&ldquo;One of the scariest aspects of this video is how much worse this could have been for the officers, their families and the Chicago Police Department,&rdquo; Lynch said. &ldquo;Any one of these Latin Kings could have had a gun.&rdquo;</p><p>The officers&rsquo; attorney, William N. Fahy, said neither La Casa nor Contreras knew they were being recorded. Fahy&nbsp;insisted that Castillo &ldquo;was never in any kind of danger.&rdquo;</p><p>Fahy pointed out that Castillo was inside a squad car and that La Casa and&nbsp;Contreras &mdash; two armed police officers &mdash; were nearby. The attorney said the onlookers had &ldquo;no weapons and there were no threats.&rdquo;</p><p>Fahy said it was &ldquo;not unusual&rdquo; for police officers to give a young person a ride home. He said La Casa and Contreras did not inform dispatchers about the trip because it was just a few blocks and the cops &ldquo;didn&rsquo;t want to tie up the radio.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>Across Gang Lines</strong></p><p>La Casa and Contreras testified they had never met Castillo and knew nothing about him when they arrived the afternoon of March 19, 2011, on the 3500 block of West McLean Avenue, part of the Logan Square neighborhood. The officers, assigned to patrol housing projects in the police department&rsquo;s Shakespeare District, were assisting two beat cops on a call that a dispatcher had identified as a &ldquo;gang disturbance.&rdquo;</p><p>One of those officers, Michael Edens, testified that he had encountered the youths many times. Edens called them members of a gang known as the Imperial Gangsters. The cops did not arrest any of the youths the day of the incident.</p><p>Edens acknowledged he suggested that La Casa and Contreras bring Castillo to an address on the 1600 block of North Spaulding Avenue, a Latin Kings stronghold in nearby Humboldt Park. But Edens said he was responding to a similar suggestion by Contreras and called it all a joke between the officers.</p><p>It was well known in the area that the Imperial Gangsters and Latin Kings did not get along but La Casa and Contreras&nbsp;testified they did not think Edens was joking about the Spaulding address.</p><p>Edens had no authority over La Casa or Contreras. The three officers held the same rank.</p><p>La Casa and Contreras&nbsp;brought Castillo to the Spaulding block, where an onlooker shot the video. The officers stayed there about 10 minutes, witnesses told WBEZ, before driving the youth away. The officers said they dropped him off back on McLean.</p><p>WBEZ spotted the video on YouTube within days of the incident. The department stripped La Casa and Contreras of their police powers and began an Internal Affairs investigation.&nbsp;Interim police Supt. Terry Hillard called the incident &ldquo;not professional&rdquo; and said &ldquo;scared straight&rdquo; tactics were always inappropriate.</p><p>Some Logan Square homeowners, meanwhile, praised the efforts of La Casa and Contreras&nbsp;to combat gang activity and called for their return to duty. Other community members expressed sympathy for Castillo and recalled similar alleged police mistreatment.</p><p>Castillo did not suffer physical harm but received $33,000 from the city as part of a settlement in a civil suit over the incident, according to an attorney representing him. The suit, filed in federal court, alleged false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress.</p><p>State&rsquo;s Attorney Anita Alvarez&rsquo;s office reviewed the incident but declined to bring a criminal case.</p><p>McCarthy filed the dismissal charges with the board in September, almost 18 months after the incident. The charges triggered an unpaid suspension of the officers, who had been assigned to administrative duties since losing their police powers.</p><p>Among other charges, McCarthy&nbsp;accused La Casa and Contreras of unlawfully restraining the youth,&nbsp;bringing &ldquo;discredit upon the department,&rdquo; and making a &ldquo;false oral statement&rdquo; about the incident to an Internal Affairs detective.</p><p><strong>Character Witnesses</strong></p><p>At the hearing Wednesday, the officers brought in neighborhood residents and former co-workers as character witnesses. Those included Janette Gilmartin, a behavioral health clinician at Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center.</p><p>La Casa, an Illinois-licensed clinical counselor, worked with Gilmartin for more than three years before joining the police department in 1999. While suspended from the department, La Casa has returned to the hospital full-time, Gilmartin said.</p><p>Gilmartin, who now supervises La Casa, called her an honest and fearless professional who displays unrelenting compassion for people with severe mental illnesses. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s the only one I trust with complicated patients,&rdquo; Gilmartin said, &ldquo;and many of these are ex-gang members.&rdquo;</p><p>Fahy pointed out the two cops are both immigrants. La Casa grew up in Seville, a city in southern Spain, and moved to California at age 25 before settling in Chicago two years later. Contreras, born in Mexico City, came to the Chicago area with his family at age 12 and graduated from Morton East High School in Cicero.</p><p>The Police Board hearing lasted two days. The board&rsquo;s nine members, who did not attend, will receive a transcript and video recording of the proceedings. Hearing officer Thomas E. Johnson, who presided on both days, will eventually present the case to the board in a closed-door session. The board will vote on both the charges and punishment.</p><p>Regarding the charges, the board must decide whether the police department showed &ldquo;a preponderance of the evidence,&rdquo; a standard less rigorous than the beyond-a-reasonable-doubt measure used in criminal courtrooms.</p><p>The officers have more than a glimmer of hope the board will reject McCarthy&rsquo;s dismissal recommendation and return them to duty. In 2012, according to a board summary, the panel fired just 10 of 48 officers the police department had recommended for dismissal.</p><p>In 22 cases, the board either found the officer not guilty of the charges or decided the fitting punishment was a suspension. In 14 cases, the department withdrew the charges after the officer resigned or the sides reached a settlement. In 2 cases, the board dismissed the charges.</p><p>Under Illinois law, either the superintendent or the officers can appeal a Police Board decision to Cook County Circuit Court.</p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 18:07:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/fate-cops-gang-video-now-police-board-105520