New Strategy = Fed Help
We tell ya, Rahm is freaking brilliant:
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel has asked federal law enforcement for help in combating violence and drugs in two areas of Chicago that the city says have seen the highest increase in crime this year.
Chicago police officers will coordinate with U.S. marshals and FBI, DEA and ATF agents to go after what the mayor called “high-crime areas and high-target individuals” in the Grand Crossing and Ogden police districts on the South Side.
The plan is modeled after a crackdown approach that involves saturating so-called conflict zones with gang, narcotics and patrol officers in the Englewood District on the South Side and the Harrison District on the West Side.
Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said that approach has reduced homicides in those two areas. “I’m pleased that we are going to get that type of support, and the strategy is working,” Emanuel said at a news conference.