Mayor Rahm Emanuel Directs 200 Chicago Cops To Streets

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Source: Lisa Balde / NBC Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is moving 200 more Chicago police officers to the streets after a 15-year-old girl was gunned down Tuesday in what authorities say was a gang turf war.

The recommendation came last week from the city inspector general who said nearly 300 positions currently occupied by sworn officers should be converted to civilian positions.

So far in January 42 people were killed in Chicago gunfire, but the recent death of Hadiya Pendleton, an honor-roll student who recently performed in events at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, outraged the nation.

Hadiya died after she was shot in the back while hanging out with a group of teens in Vivian Gordon Harsh Park and taking cover from a rain storm. Police said she wasn’t the intended target.

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