Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy entered the 2019 race against the mayor who fired him, Rahm Emanuel, with a promise to reverse a mass exodus from Chicago triggered by violent crime.
Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy entered the 2019 race against the mayor who fired him, with a promise to reverse a mass exodus from Chicago triggered by violent crime, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. “Unfortunately, Chicago city government has lost our trust, because of failed policies and the endless politics of bluster and bullying,” McCarthy says in a campaign video released Wednesday night. “I’m running for mayor to change that.” McCarthy slams his ex-boss, calling it “so painful to see that under this mayor, we’re awash in higher taxes, corruption, school closings and violent crime … We must return to the values of my parents and their generation: honestly, selflessness, reliability.”
McCarthy spent four and a half years arguing that Chicago didn’t need more police officers before being fired for becoming what Mayor Rahm Emanuel called a “distraction” in the furor after the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video. He has doubled down on that argument, saying Emanuel doesn’t need to hire 970 additional police officers at a start-up cost of well over $120 million, and even more overtime as rookie salaries escalate dramatically. The mayor simply needs to stick with the crime-fighting strategy he abandoned as soon as McCarthy was shown the door, the new challenger said. McCarthy said he was giving police “the tools to do their job …and (using) some of the more progressive crime reductions strategies like the gang call-ins, the heat list for individuals most likely to be involved in gun violence as an offender or a victim. It’s about running the police department like a business — not a political organization.”