Mayor defends city's strategy despite January murder spike

January 30, 2012 3:52:13 PM PST
Despite no reported homicides in Chicago over the past five days, there have been 40 homicides so far this January in the city. That's versus just 26 murders over the same time period last year.

Despite the January murder spike, the mayor Monday reinforced his support of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and the department's strategy in fighting and reducing crime amid the challenges of gang violence.

"Chicago has a problem unlike any other city given the size of our gangs," said Emanuel. "I want to see greater enforcement that brings a level they understand these streets belong to our communities, our neighborhoods and our children."

The mayor said additional work needs to be done strategizing against gang activity and increased gun control.