Sunday, July 15, 2012
Residents of the mainly black South Side want stop-and-search tactics brought back as gang murders plague President Barack Obamaâ€™s home city.
The mayhem, playing out within ambulance siren range of the Chicago home of Barack and Michelle Obama, has not just put a city on edge. It is also unleashing a passionate national debate on policing tactics.
For the upsurge in gang killings has followed a decision by the cityâ€™s mayor Rahm Emanuel and police chief Garry McCarthy, both new in the job last year, to dismantle specialist anti-gang units and instead switch more officers to the beat.
But many terrorised locals are now pleading for a return to the aggressive stop-and-frisk tactics of the task forces that were long decried by black community leaders.