In case you missed it, I was a guest last night on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight where I defended the deployment of police officers to Rogers Park in the wake of last week’s shootings in our neighborhood.
My colleague, 9th Ward Ald. Anthony Beale, criticized this “unprecedented” deployment, citing the high rates of shootings and homicides in his community. I responded that “I’m not going to apologize for doing what I need to do to protect my constituents,” adding that the recent shootings in our community were an unusual case in that the victims were shot in cold blood with no apparent gang or robbery motive.
See the show below. The discussion of the Rogers Park shootings and the deployment of officers begins at the 2:45 minute mark.
We also discussed on the show the addition of a strategic deployment center in Rogers Park’s 24th Police District. I will have more information on that news later today.