Topic: Pat Camden
Chicago park shooting renews focus on city's reputation as a murder capitol – and that of its mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who faces voters in 2015. Areas hard hit by gang violence feel abandoned.
The city has boosted foot patrols in high-crime areas and is adding again to a downsized police force. It's too soon to say whether that explains a 33 percent drop in the homicide rate – or whether the improvement can be sustained.
Chicago has been struggling with a rising homicide rate but February saw a drop to levels not seen in more than 50 years. A new police strategy might be helping, but it might not be sustainable.
Illinois state law prohibits secretly recording conversations with police – or anyone else. But a woman was acquitted of the charges because she said she was exposing criminal behavior.
08/26/2011 08:01 pm