The police department conducts “a very comprehensive review” after Chicago experienced one of its most violent Fourth of July weekends in recent years. Former Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy considers a run against the man who fired him, Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The Chicago Police Department is conducting “a very comprehensive review” after the city experienced one of its most violent Fourth of July weekends in recent years, with at least 102 people shot between late Friday afternoon and early Wednesday, The Chicago Tribune reports. “We’re doing a debriefing,” said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. “The mood here is frustration.” The review will include an analysis of how “amateur fireworks” might have affected the ShotSpotter system, which captures audio of gunfire and attempts to pinpoint its location for quicker deployment of officers. “It’s perplexing,” Guglielmi said. “We deployed some very successful tactics over the Memorial Day weekend.” Those same tactics did not seem to work as well over the Fourth holiday. Fifteen people were killed and 87 others were wounded. The last time the Fourth holiday spanned four full days, in 2013, at least 74 people were shot, and 12 of them died.
Meanwhile, former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is mulling making his first run for political office against Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the man who fired him, the Tribune reports. Small gold and green “GMFM” buttons have been circulating, short for Garry McCarthy For Mayor. McCarthy acknowledged he’s weighing a challenge. “There’s a group of people who are very serious about this, and they are looking at all the angles,” he said. “I haven’t said ‘no’ yet. Let’s put it that way.” McCarthy called a run for mayor “probably unlikely.” Emanuel fired McCarthy in December 2015 amid the fallout of a judge ordering the mayor to release a video of the Laquan McDonald police shooting. McCarthy has taken up work as security consultant while making occasional television and radio appearances criticizing the city’s leadership and the homicide rate that has soared. McCarthy, 58, said he “can’t stand what’s going on in this city.”