Sunday, July 15, 2012
Residents of the mainly black South Side want stop-and-search tactics brought back as gang murders plague President Barack Obama’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 city’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.