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Chicago Murder Rate Spikes; Less Aggressive Policing Blamed

More than 100 people have already been murdered in Chicago this year — that's double the number of homicides in the city in the first two months of last year.

Some cops on the street suggest that police officers aren't making as many stops and arrests for fear of starring in the next viral video.

If so, that's one of the big challenges facing the next police superintendent for the nation's third largest city.

Other challenges to the job beside the increase in violent crime include extremely poor police-community relations, a federal civil rights investigation into police patterns and practices and a city budget crunch.

The job seems so tough, it might be why the Chicago Police Board is taking additional time to search for the three-top candidates to recommend to Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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