Aldermen criticize Police Supt. McCarthy over crime stats

May 1, 2014

Mike Flannery, FOX 32 News Political Editor

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – Seven aldermen want to grill Chicago’s top cop about allegations that the city may be undercounting serious crimes including murder.

“It’s absolute nonsense. We have documentation that refutes basically everything they say,” said Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.

The police superintendent reportedly uses much stronger language in private about a Chicago Magazine story released last month. It suggested high-ranking officers have cynically manipulated and abused crime reporting rules, to reduce the count of criminal violence.

Simultaneously, a new audit by the city’s inspector general was conducted. He faulted the Police Department’s long-standing policy of counting an assault as just one crime, even when there were two or more victims. Aggravated assault, for example, would be 5.7% higher if the attack on each victim were counted as an individual crime.

Aldermanic critics of Mayor Emanuel give McCarthy credit for responding to reporters, but want him to answer questions from them in the City Council chamber. When we showed North Side Ald. Scott Waguespack the Police Department’s 26-point, 12-page rebuttal of the Chicago Magazine story, he was less than impressed.

“No, I don’t find this credible, because if it were credible, I would see superintendent of police up here, Chicago Police Department; something that says, “I wrote this. I take responsibility for it. And I’m willing to go in front of public officials and say, ‘This is what I stand by,'” said Ald. Waguespack.

Ald. Waguespack wants Supt. McCarthy and the city’s inspector general to appear together in front of the City Council, for a no-holds-barred question and answer session about counting crime.