Emanuel And Top Cop McCarthy Defend Anti-Crime Strategies (VIDEO)

Source: Fran Spielman / Chicago Sun-Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel doesn’t like playing defense, but he’s had to do a lot of that lately when it comes to the 37 percent surge in Chicago homicides that’s become a hot topic both locally and nationally.

The Chicago Sun-Times just launched a series exploring the roots of the violence and what’s being done to stop it, and the CBS Evening News and the New York Times have both come to Chicago to shine an unflattering spotlight on the city.

On Monday, the mayor who is better known for his media offensives was back to playing defense after returning from a week-long summer vacation.

Emanuel joined his Police Supt. Garry McCarthy in defending their joint decision to disband specialized police units and return hundreds of officers to beat patrol under pressure from aldermen who want those units restored.

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