Chicago's mayor defends top cop

July 19, 2008 3:29:16 PM PDT
Mayor Richard Daley defended Chicago police Supt. Jody Weis Saturday, days after Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich called Chicago's violence "out of control."Earlier in the week, Blagojevich raised the possibility of bringing in state troopers and the National Guard to help control the city's violent crime.

Weis disagreed with the governor's comments about crime in the city, and Mayor Daley has come to his defense.

"Jody Weis is a great superintendent. He's been here since February. He did not bring guns gangs and drugs in. [It's as] simple as that. Everybody looks for scapegoats to kick down the street," Daley said.

Both Daley and Weis said they would welcome any help that state police would offer.