Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel boasts low crime rate, residents react

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued a media blitz Monday, citing statistics that Chicago's crime rate had dropped dramatically in recent years.
December 16, 2013 3:18:01 PM PST
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel continued his media blitz Monday, citing statistics that Chicago's crime rate had dropped dramatically in recent years.

Local Chicagoans react to Mayor Emanuel's announcement.

''It's still people getting killed and still people getting shot every day,''said Englewood resident Ricky Edwards.

At 63rd and Halsted, most Englewood residents interviewed were not convinced that the crime rate had gone down in the neighborhood.

''I've been to a lot of funerals and I'm still doing the same thing,'' said Lathenna Marshall.

But city officials continue the media blitz, which began over the weekend and cite a Yale University study as confirmation that Chicago's crime rate has fallen especially during 2013.

''So far this year, we've had 90 fewer murders and 750 less shooting victims in comparison to last year,'' said Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

The Mayor credits his administration's strategies for reducing violence, as well as Chicago's overall crime rate.

''Policing, prevention, penalties and parenting,'' Emanuel said.

''There are a lot of killings, everytime I turn on the news, there are a lot more killings,'' said Englewood resident Benjamin Blade.

Alderman Toni Foulkes, who represents parts of Englewood says she has seen a difference in the crime levels.

''There is quiet, I live right off of Ashland Avenue, where you don't hear the sirens like you used to,'' said Ald. Foulkes.

Many Chicagoans, however, see another kind of Englewood.

The Mayor said his goal is not only to reduce crime statistics, but also to make Chicagoans feel safe.

''We're not going to rest until people feel the reality of these numbers,'' Emanuel said.

The mayor's political team would like residents to feel the reality of those numbers sooner than later

Chicago's mayoral elections are 14 months away and during the elections in 2011, the majority of Mayor Emanuel's base support was in the African American neighborhoods, where the crime and violence has been the worst.


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