WBEZ | Garry McCarthy http://www.wbez.org/tags/garry-mccarthy Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Police Make Arrest in Fatal Shooting of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee http://www.wbez.org/news/police-make-arrest-fatal-shooting-9-year-old-tyshawn-lee-113962 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/tyshawnleesign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>CHICAGO (AP) &mdash; A South suburban man was charged with first-degree murder on Friday in connection to the slaying of a 9-year-old boy who police say was lured off a basketball court and shot in the head in an alley because of his father&#39;s gang ties.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Chicago police have charged Corey Morgan in the &#39;execution&#39; death of&hellip; <a href="https://t.co/DQZViMpW6W">https://t.co/DQZViMpW6W</a></p>&mdash; Michael Puente (@MikePuenteNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews/status/670273047106949120">November 27, 2015</a></blockquote><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said 27-year-old Corey Morgan of Lansing, Illinois &mdash; who has an extensive criminal history &mdash; had been arrested and charged. McCarthy said two other men, included one jailed on an unrelated gun charge, also were suspected of involvement in the death of Tyshawn Lee, who was shot in the middle of the afternoon near his grandmother&#39;s house.</p><p>McCarthy said the men&#39;s precise roles were still under investigation but that all were members of the same gang, which the police chief vowed to destroy, saying: &quot;That gang just signed its own death warrant.&quot;</p><p>Tyshawn was shot Nov. 2 in a slaying that shocked a city already grimly familiar with gang violence. The fourth-grader was hit in the head and back in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood. McCarthy praised local residents, saying they overcame fears and risks of retaliation to come forward and offer tips to police.</p><p>&quot;If you have a monster who&#39;s willing to assassinate a 9-year-old, what is that person likely to do if they know that somebody&#39;s cooperating with the case?&quot; McCarthy said during a news conference.</p><p>He said the boy&#39;s killers approached him in a park where he was playing basketball with friends, spoke with him, and then walked him off into the alley. McCarthy called the killing an &quot;unfathomable crime.&quot;</p><p>Investigators said the dispute that led up to the killing had been ongoing for about three months between warring gangs and involved at least two other killings and several non-fatal shootings. Authorities said Morgan was a convicted felon with an extensive violent criminal history, but didn&#39;t provide details.</p><p>The law firm representing Morgan did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment on the case.</p><p>Detectives have not recovered the murder weapon, but they believe only one person fired because all the spent bullet casings were from a single gun, McCarthy said.</p><p>McCarthy said police were looking for a third man and believed he was still in the area. McCarthy called on the man, whose photo was released, to turn himself in.</p><p>&quot;Quite frankly, in a heinous crime like this, he&#39;s probably better off if we catch than somebody else,&quot; he said.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 08:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/police-make-arrest-fatal-shooting-9-year-old-tyshawn-lee-113962 Why Chicago Didn't Riot After Laquan McDonald Video Release http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_610478196876_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the moments before the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">city released the video</a> showing Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year old Laquan McDonald, Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged residents to stay calm.</p><p>&ldquo;It is fine to be passionate but it is essential that it remain peaceful. We have a collective responsibility in the city of Chicago to ensure that this time of healing happens,&rdquo; Emanuel said at a press conference.</p><p>Given the fever pitch nationally about police brutality and previous rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore, Chicago officials&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-24/chicago-braces-black-lives-matter-protests-113924">braced</a> for an uprising in response to the video. They held <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-meeting-ministers-discuss-police-shooting-video-113906">closed-door meetings</a> on how to handle protesters.</p><p>Young black activists did take to the streets Tuesday night &mdash; to honor McDonald and protest police brutality. But the march downtown didn&rsquo;t result in property damage or anything resembling a riot.</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/5-arrested-during-largely-peaceful-protests-following-release-police-shooting-video-113934">reported</a>, the protests that began Tuesday evening were largely peaceful.</p><blockquote><p>Malcolm London, 22, was among five people who were arrested on charges that included weapons possession and resisting arrest.</p><p>He was charged with hitting an officer. On Wednesday, Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas dismissed the charge said the state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office recommended that the charge be dropped. and told London he was free to go.</p><p>London, wearing a T-shirt with the phrase &quot;Unapologetically black&quot; on it, walked outside the courthouse to loud cheers.</p><p>A crowd of supporters chanted, &quot;We&#39;re going to be all right&quot; and &quot;Set our people free.&quot;</p><p>Prosecutors did not explain why their office recommended dropping the charge.</p></blockquote><p>Veronica Morris-Moore participated in the protests Tuesday night. She didn&rsquo;t expect chaos, and says the reason others did is because black youth are stereotyped as violent.</p><p>&ldquo;I think people expected Chicago to burst in flames because the dominate narrative out there is that black people are reckless and we don&rsquo;t care about our communities or neighborhoods,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said.</p><p>She&rsquo;s part of a coalition that includes groups such as Fearless Leading by the Youth, We Charge Genocide and Assata&rsquo;s Daughters &mdash; just to name a few.</p><p>&ldquo;At the end of the day what our movement is doing is exposing these contradictions, exposing these stereotypes, exposing this anti-black culture,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said.</p><p>University of Chicago political scientist Cathy Cohen agrees that a spontaneous riot shouldn&rsquo;t have been the default expectation.</p><p>&ldquo;There is a way in which these young activists have a very deep understanding of who they need to target and where those targets are situated,&rdquo; Cohen said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re not going to burn down black communities.&rdquo;</p><p>No matter how chilling, the dashcam video&rsquo;s content was no surprise. And activism among these young people didn&rsquo;t start with McDonald&rsquo;s death.</p><p>&ldquo;They understand that this is an issue not about one police officer but the system of policing and accountability and power,&rdquo; Cohen said.</p><p>The groups have protested several police shootings and pushed for the firing of Dante Servin, the officer who killed Rekia Boyd. Just this week, Chicago&rsquo;s top cop <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909">recommended Servin be fired</a>.</p><p>Activists also lobbied for an expansive trauma center on the South Side, which is partly coming to fruition.</p><p>And Chicago is the only city in the country giving reparations to police torture victims &mdash; a direct result of years of activism.</p><p>From Fred Hampton in the 1960s, to the Black Radical Congress of the 1990s, to waves of progressive and feminist organizations, black activism in Chicago has a strong legacy.</p><p>The Black Youth Project&rsquo;s Charlene Carruthers says activists will continue that legacy by demanding justice and investment in black communities.</p><p>&ldquo;What I expect is for more people to continue to join the ongoing organizing that&rsquo;s been happening in the city of Chicago for the past several years that&rsquo;s led by young black organizers,&rdquo; Carruthers said.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. nmoore@wbez.org. Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343">Google+</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955 Reactions to the Laquan McDonald video and how the city handled the situation http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/reactions-laquan-mcdonald-video-and-how-city-handled-situation <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/laquan.png" alt="" /><p><p>We hear from a number of people &mdash; including listeners &mdash; in the aftermath of the release of the Chicago police dash-cam video that shows the shooting death last year of teenager Laquan McDonald. He was shot 16 times by former officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged Wednesday with first degree murder by the Cook County State&rsquo;s Attorney&rsquo;s office. He turned himself in and is now in jail.</p><p>Guests include:</p><ul><li>WBEZ southside bureau reporter <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Natalie Moore</a></li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/CharleneCac?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Charlene Carruthers</a>, national director for <a href="https://twitter.com/byp_100">Black Youth Project 100</a></li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/may20p?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Page May</a>, organizer with the group <a href="https://twitter.com/ChiCopWatch?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">We Charge Genocide</a></li><li>Joseph Moseley, retired CPD officer with nearly 31 years on the force</li><li><a href="https://twitter.com/rodericktsawyer">Alderman Roderick Sawyer</a> of the 6th Ward, which includes parts of Chatham and Englewood</li><li>Pat Hill, retired CPD officer with 21 years on the force. She now teaches Justice Studies at Northeastern Illinois University&nbsp;</li><li>Eugene O&rsquo;Donnell, professor of law and policing at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former police officer and prosecutor</li><li>William Calloway, protester with Christianaire</li></ul></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:03:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-25/reactions-laquan-mcdonald-video-and-how-city-handled-situation Chicago Officer Charged with Murder in Killing of Black Teen http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933 <p><p>▲ <strong>LISTEN:</strong> <em>After a long investigation into the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, the case quickly unfolded Tuesday and now a Chicago police officer is charged with murder. WBEZ&rsquo;s Natalie Moore tells us how it all went down.</em></p><p><em>Updated Nov. 25, 6:52 a.m.</em></p><p>The white officer who shot a black Chicago teen 16 times has been charged with murder and jailed. The graphic video of the slaying has been made public. And in the hours after the footage was released, protesters seemed to honor pleas for restraint.</p><p>The question now is whether those efforts will be enough to address the simmering resentment that authorities took more than a year to share the footage and charge the officer who emptied an entire magazine into the teen even after he had crumpled to the ground.</p><p>City officials and community leaders had long braced for the release of the dash-cam video showing the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. They feared the kind of turmoil that occurred in cities such as Baltimore and Ferguson, Missouri, after young black men were slain by police or died in police custody.</p><p>A judge ordered that the recording be made public by Wednesday. Moments before it was released, the mayor and the police chief urged protesters to stay calm.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel said residents will &quot;have to make an important judgment about our city and ourselves and go forward.&quot; He referred to the episode as a potential &quot;moment of understanding and learning.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="290" scrolling="no" src="http://www.npr.org/player/embed/457341909/457341910" title="NPR embedded audio player" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>▲ LISTEN</strong><em>: NPR&#39;s Linda Wertheimer talks to attorney Craig Futterman, who joined the fight to have the Laquan McDonald video released.</em></p><p>Chicago authorities are right to be concerned. The sometimes violent protest movement that was galvanized by the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson in August 2014 continues to disrupt cities nationwide. The Nov. 15 killing of black 24-year-old Jamar Clark by a white Minneapolis police officer has prompted days of protests outside a police precinct. And the demonstrations continue, despite calls from Clark&#39;s family to go home after a shooting near the protest site injured five people.</p><p>In Chicago, protest groups are expected to stage more demonstrations in the days ahead, including one at City Hall scheduled for Wednesday and another seeking to block the main city&#39;s shopping thoroughfare, Michigan Avenue, during Friday&#39;s holiday spending bonanza.</p><p>Among the protesters was Justin Taylor, an 18-year-old University of Iowa student who returned home to Chicago for Thanksgiving.</p><p>&quot;It&#39;s powerful we&#39;re coming together,&quot; Taylor said. &quot;Things like this happen too often.&quot;</p><p><strong><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ferguson-rise-charges-against-police-officers-113953" target="_blank">RELATED:&nbsp;<span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 16px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: 21px;">Since Ferguson, A Rise In Charges Against Police Officers</span></a></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP_610478196876.jpg" style="height: 359px; width: 540px;" title="Chicago police form a line to prevent protesters from entering an expressway on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Chicago. White Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times last year, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, hours before the city released a video of the killing. (AP/Paul Beaty)" /></p><p>The relevant portion of the video runs for less than 40 seconds and has no audio.</p><p>McDonald swings into view on a four-lane street where police vehicles are stopped in the middle of the roadway. As he jogs down an empty lane, he appears to pull up his pants and then slows to a brisk walk, veering away from two officers who are emerging from a vehicle and drawing their guns.</p><p>Almost immediately, one of the officers appears to fire from close range. McDonald spins around and collapses on the pavement.</p><p>The car with the camera continues to roll forward until the officers are out of the frame. Then McDonald can be seen lying on the ground, moving occasionally. At least two small puffs of smoke are seen coming off his body as the officer continues firing.</p><p>In the final moments, an officer kicks something out of McDonald&#39;s hands.</p><p>Police have said the teen had a knife. Cook County State&#39;s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Tuesday that a 3-inch knife with its blade folded into the handle was recovered from the scene.</p><p>Shortly after the video&#39;s release, protesters began marching through city streets. Several hundred people blocked traffic on the near West Side. Some circled police cars in an intersection and chanted &quot;16 shots.&quot;</p><p>Demonstrators, at times numbering in the hundreds, streamed through streets in the downtown and near South Side areas, gathering at one point outside the police department&#39;s District 1 headquarters.</p><p>Later, along Michigan Avenue, at least one person was detained, which led to a tense moment as protesters tried to prevent police from taking him away. Some threw plastic water bottles at officers and sat behind a police vehicle, refusing to move. Officers pulled them away, and the vehicle sped off.</p><p>The biggest group had mostly dissipated by 11 p.m., with a few dozen returning to the District 1 building. Another group of at least 50 people briefly blocked a busy expressway before walking toward a lakefront park.</p><p>Before the release of the video, city officials spent months arguing that the footage could not be made public until the conclusion of several investigations. After the judge&#39;s order, the investigations were quickly wrapped up and a charge announced.</p><p>Alvarez said concern about the impending release prompted her to move up the announcement of the murder charge.</p><p>&quot;It is graphic. It is violent. It is chilling,&quot; she said. &quot;To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is deeply disturbing. I have absolutely no doubt that this video will tear at the hearts of all Chicagoans.&quot;</p><p>But she also defended the 13 months it took to charge Officer Jason Van Dyke, insisting that she made a decision &quot;weeks ago&quot; to charge him and the video&#39;s ordered release did not influence that.</p><p>Some community leaders questioned that assertion.</p><p>&quot;This is a panicky reaction to an institutional crisis within the criminal justice system,&quot; said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said he hoped to see &quot;massive&quot; but peaceful demonstrations.</p><p>Months after McDonald&#39;s death, the city agreed to a $5 million settlement with his family, even before relatives filed a lawsuit, a move that also drew deep skepticism from the community.</p><p>At the time of McDonald&#39;s death, police were responding to complaints about someone breaking into cars and stealing radios.</p><p>Van Dyke, who was denied bond on Tuesday, was the only officer of the several who were on the scene to open fire.</p><p>Alvarez said the officer was on the scene for just 30 seconds before he started shooting. She said he opened fire just six seconds after getting out of his vehicle and kept firing even though McDonald dropped to the ground after the initial shots.</p><p>At Tuesday&#39;s hearing, Assistant State&#39;s Attorney Bill Delaney said the shooting lasted 14 or 15 seconds and that McDonald was on the ground for 13 of those seconds.</p><p>An autopsy report showed that McDonald was shot at least twice in his back and PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, was found in his system.</p><p>Van Dyke&#39;s attorney, Dan Herbert, maintains his client feared for his life and acted lawfully and that the video does not tell the whole story.</p><p>After the shooting, Van Dyke was stripped of his police powers and assigned to desk duty.</p><p>Herbert said the case needs to be tried in a courtroom and &quot;can&#39;t be tried in the streets, can&#39;t be tried on social media and can&#39;t be tried on Facebook.&quot;</p><p><strong>Watch the dashcam video of the incident below<a name="video"></a>. </strong></p><p><em>Viewer discretion advised: This video contains graphic violent images.</em></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/Du3rWHWm61Q?rel=0&amp;showinfo=0" width="620"></iframe></p><p><strong>Bond Proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke</strong></p><p style=" margin: 12px auto 6px auto; font-family: Helvetica,Arial,Sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; font-size: 14px; line-height: normal; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -x-system-font: none; display: block;"><a href="https://www.scribd.com/doc/291101657/Bond-proffer-for-Officer-Jason-Van-Dyke" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Bond proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke on Scribd">Bond proffer for Officer Jason Van Dyke</a> by <a href="https://www.scribd.com/user/158286203/Chicago-Public-Media" style="text-decoration: underline;" title="View Chicago Public Media's profile on Scribd">Chicago Public Media</a></p><p><iframe class="scribd_iframe_embed" data-aspect-ratio="0.7729220222793488" data-auto-height="false" frameborder="0" height="600" id="doc_7874" scrolling="no" src="https://www.scribd.com/embeds/291101657/content?start_page=1&amp;view_mode=scroll&amp;access_key=key-qs7qHO2RuREQd21Tm8ym&amp;show_recommendations=true" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 17:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933 McCarthy to Chicago Police Board: Fire Dante Servin http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/danteservin.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago police superintendent is recommending that an officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in 2012 be fired.</p><p>A board that reviews allegations of misconduct by Chicago police officers <a href="http://www.wbez.org/detective%E2%80%99s-recommended-firing-owes-public-pressure-his-attorney-says-112970">recommended in September</a> that Officer Dante Servin be fired for the shooting of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd.</p><p>Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said <a href="https://twitter.com/AJGuglielmi/status/669002934366138369">in a statement</a> Monday night that he agreed with that assessment.</p><p>McCarthy said Servin showed &quot;incredibly poor judgment.&quot;</p><p>Boyd died after one of the five bullets from Servin&#39;s handgun pierced her head.</p><p>Servin said he fired because he felt threatened when he confronted a group at a park.</p><p>A judge found Servin not guilty of involuntary manslaughter and other charges during a trial that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/after-detective%E2%80%99s-acquittal-fatal-shooting-prosecutors-face-criticism-111907">ended in April</a>.</p><p>McCarthy says the charges justifying Servin&#39;s firing will be sent to the Chicago Police Board, which makes disciplinary decisions, for further action.</p></p> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 02:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909 Chicago gun violence high despite tough city laws http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-gun-violence-high-despite-tough-city-laws-113726 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1110_chicago-vigil-624x417.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The death of a 9-year-old child, allegedly at the hands of Chicago gang members, has shocked the country and prompted many to call for tougher gun laws. But gun supporters say Chicago<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/all-things-considered/2015-10-09/superintendent-garry-mccarthy-discusses-strategies-curb" target="_blank"> already has tough laws</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Mourners arrive to St. Sabina Catholic Church for funeral of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee. Chicago Mayor Emanuel here. <a href="https://t.co/vJcK96TaLL">pic.twitter.com/vJcK96TaLL</a></p>&mdash; Michael Puente (@MikePuenteNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikePuenteNews/status/664124283401187330">November 10, 2015</a></blockquote><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/11/10/chicago-gun-violence-laws" target="_blank">Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</a> Robin Young talks with a researcher and a Chicago journalist about where guns used in illegal activities come from, and how laws in surrounding communities may affect the availability of guns on Chicago streets.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><a href="http://http://www.wbez.org/news/justice-tyshawn-mother-pleads-her-south-side-community-113645" target="_blank">RELATED:&nbsp;<font face="inherit"><span style="line-height: inherit; border-style: initial; border-color: initial; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit;">Justice for Tyshawn: Police launch &lsquo;Operation Wake-Up&rsquo;</span></font></a></strong></p></p> Tue, 10 Nov 2015 13:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-gun-violence-high-despite-tough-city-laws-113726 Chicago police trying to recruit more minorities to join its ranks http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-trying-recruit-more-minorities-join-its-ranks-113604 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/IMG_1731.JPG" style="height: 404px; width: 620px;" title="Young Chicago police officers stand with Ald. Roderick Sawyer of the 6th ward at a press conference Monday announcing the police department’s latest recruitment effort. Supt. Garry McCarthy said the department has struggled in the past with hiring minorities. (WBEZ/Lauren Chooljian)" /></p><p>Calling all future police officers: The Chicago Police Department is taking applications for the first time since 2013.</p><div><p>The last time the department held the police exam, 19,000 people showed up&mdash;but Supt. Garry McCarthy said there was a problem with the pool of applicants. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;At the end of the day, we didn&rsquo;t get the numbers that we wanted as far as minorities are concerned,&rdquo; McCarthy told reporters Monday. &ldquo;And it&#39;s been a dynamic in this department that we&rsquo;ve struggled with for a long time.&rdquo;</p><div>So this year, the police department is launching a campaign to increase minority participation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who joined McCarthy and other top police brass for the announcement, said the force should better reflect the makeup of Chicago.&nbsp;<p>To meet that end, McCarthy pointed to the diverse group of &ldquo;young, good-looking&rdquo; officers that stood behind him at the podium. CPD will send younger officers out to churches, schools and community events around Chicago to try and convince their peers to join the ranks.&nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://chicagopolice.org/takethetest" target="_blank">application </a>deadline is December 16; applicants must be 18 years old by the time of the exam, which will be held in February. Applicants also have to live in Chicago by the time of their employment, have 60 hours of college credit, or 36 months of continuous active duty service with 30 semester hours college credit and they must have a valid State of Illinois driver&rsquo;s license by the time of employment.</p><p>The superintendent said the department will be hiring to keep up with attrition.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian covers Chicago politics for WBEZ. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/laurenchooljian" target="_blank">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><p>&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 02 Nov 2015 16:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-police-trying-recruit-more-minorities-join-its-ranks-113604 Superintendent Garry McCarthy discusses strategies to curb gun violence http://www.wbez.org/programs/all-things-considered/2015-10-09/superintendent-garry-mccarthy-discusses-strategies-curb <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Superintendent Garry McCarthy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Earlier this week, members of the City Council&rsquo;s black caucus called for Superintendent Garry McCarthy to be fired. Murders in Chicago are up 20% compared to the same period last year. That&rsquo;s put additional pressure on McCarthy.</p><p>All Things Considered host Melba Lara spoke with the Superintendent from police headquarters and asked if pressure for an immediate fix ever gets in the way of long-term strategies.</p><hr /><p><span style="font-size:18px;"><strong>INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS</strong></span></p><p><strong>On what the public should do about gun violence</strong></p><p>I want to see a well-educated public that understands what&rsquo;s going on in this city and why it&rsquo;s going on. And I want the public to be as outraged about gun violence across the city of Chicago &ndash; not just the people in those neighborhoods that are suffering through it. And this concept of not in my backyard is just not good enough quite frankly and we&rsquo;ve been saying that the whole time also.</p><p>But until such time, as we get something done where people go to jail for possession of an illegal loaded firearm, they&rsquo;re incentivized to carry those guns. When the sanction from a gang is greater for losing the gun, than the sanction from the criminal justice system if we catch them with it, I mean the question is why don&rsquo;t you carry a gun?</p><p><strong>On whether or not immediate fixes to reduce the 20% increase in city&rsquo;s murder rate hinder long-term strategies</strong></p><p>I think that the problem is many people don&rsquo;t get the issue, and the political fix, many times, is not the medicine for the thing that ails us. It&rsquo;s like taking an Aspirin for a broken leg. There are ways to improve our performance that come from outside. For instance, we&rsquo;re looking at initiatives with City Hall about tree-trimming and lighting, and all of those things that we know contribute to crime&hellip;</p><p>But what needs to be fixed are the gun laws. It&rsquo;s that simple Melba, and I&rsquo;m not gonna let it go.</p><p><strong>On<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-aldermen-demand-firing-police-superintendent-mccarthy-113191" target="_blank"> recent criticism</a> and communication between his department and City Council</strong></p><p>We&rsquo;ve set up a system here where you don&rsquo;t have to speak to the police superintendent to get something done. The district commanders should be acting as partners with the aldermen in the field to get things done. If as in the past, you have to call the police superintendent to get things done here, we have a totally dysfunctional method of addressing things &ndash; and that&rsquo;s why we changed it. I can&rsquo;t deal with 50 individuals on a daily basis. It&rsquo;s just impossible. And I have great relationships with most of the aldermen in this city. Some of them, unfortunately, I just don&rsquo;t get along with. You know maybe it&rsquo;s my fault, maybe it&rsquo;s not my fault. It takes two to tango as we all know and I do the best I can to accommodate everybody.</p><p><strong>On IPRA&rsquo;s recommended discipline for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/ipra-fails-pursue-potential-crime-cops-caught-video-113018" target="_blank">police misconduct in salon raid video</a></strong></p><p>First of all, I think you need to watch the whole tape. She very clearly resisted arrest &hellip;and quite frankly the officer made a mistake.</p><p>The officer made a mistake and he&rsquo;s going to be punished for it.</p><p>If everybody lost their job every time someone said something stupid most of us would be out of business right now. Taking somebody&rsquo;s job is really, really serious. What&rsquo;s the cost of taking 25 vacation days from somebody? Means that you have to work 25 days for free, which is probably somewhere around eight- to ten-thousand dollars out of that officer&rsquo;s pocket. That&rsquo;s a pretty stiff penalty and you know, for language, um, it&rsquo;s probably appropriate in my mind.</p><p>The problem is they only recommended, and they actually negotiated a one-day suspension with the sergeant which in my book is unacceptable because the sergeant has more accountability than the detective. And if they did not take control of the situation, and if they allowed those behaviors to continue, he deserves a stiffer penalty. And the only penalty that I can give to him besides the one-day [suspension] that was negotiated with him is to move to fire him. It&rsquo;s not a good system quite frankly.</p></p> Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/all-things-considered/2015-10-09/superintendent-garry-mccarthy-discusses-strategies-curb Morning Shift: October 7, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/morning-shift-october-7-2015-113219 <p><p>It&rsquo;s<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/cubs-looking-launch-themselves-playoffs-113217"> do or die</a> for the Chicago Cubs tonight. To advance to a playoff series with St. Louis, the Cubs first have to beat the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The stakes are high in this one-off, wild-card game.</p><p>Plus, the team&rsquo;s first baseman, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/cheryl-raye-stout-goes-1-1-cubs-slugger-anthony-rizzo-113216">Anthony Rizzo</a>, tells the Morning Shift about the day-to-day focus that got him this far.</p><p>Then, Chicago&rsquo;s police superintendent is under fire for his record on crime. We step back to ask: What makes a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/what-makes-great-police-commissioner-113215">police chief</a> successful or unsuccessful?</p><p>Also, our weekly shot of soul with Vocalo&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/reclaimed-soul-rock-versions-soul-classics-113213">Ayana Contreras</a>.</p></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/morning-shift-october-7-2015-113219 What makes a great Police Commissioner? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/what-makes-great-police-commissioner-113215 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/garry mccarthy ap file.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It could be argued that one of the toughest jobs in any big city is Police Chief. They&rsquo;re tasked with everything from setting the tone of the department and navigating the politics of the job to meeting the demands of the community and of course, keeping crime in check.</p><p>It&rsquo;s that last job where a group of African American aldermen say Chicago&rsquo;s top cop is missing the mark. For the past couple of days, members of the city council&rsquo;s Black Caucus have been calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to fire Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy for what they say is his failure to reduce crime in their neighborhoods. The mayor defended his CPD chief, saying the focus should be &ldquo;on gangs and guns, not on Garry.&rdquo;</p><p>So, how much power does the police superintendent have to reduce crime? Michael Scott, professor of criminology and criminal justice at Arizona State University, talks more broadly about police commissioners, what they do, and how far their powers extend.&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 07 Oct 2015 10:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-07/what-makes-great-police-commissioner-113215