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Alderman Demands Policing Answers From Weis

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A high ranking Alderman is demanding answers from Chicago’s top cop. That’s after a rash of violence including shootings outside the Taste of Chicago and after the city’s annual fireworks display.

29th Ward Alderman Isaac Carothers is chairman of the city’s committee on police and fire. Carothers says he hasn’t heard from new Police Superintendent Jody Weis since last week’s violence.

CAROTHERS: I’m not saying that he’s the problem but we all know that he’s inexperienced. And I think that if he is inexperienced he needs to come forward and tell us, what is he going to do, what strategies he has...You must remember, we had many strategies put forth under our former superintendent (Phil Cline) about how to deal with crime reduction. I have not heard any from this new superintendent yet, and I wanna know what he’s gonna do.

Carothers has called a hearing for next week so Weis can answer those questions. The Alderman today criticized Weis for replacing much of the police department’s top brass, saying many of the officers overseeing the Taste of Chicago didn’t have experience handling major events.

Mayor Richard Daley defended Weis, saying he still has full confidence in the superintendent and his staff.

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