Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens during the second annual National Summit on Preventing Youth Violence April 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. The summit was to discuss about the crisis of youth and gang violence in the U.S.
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Chicago hosts the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates through Wednesday. Mary Ann Ahern reports.
"Nobody can be comfortable or sanguine about it and nobody should," Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters Thursday in response to a surge in homicides so far in 2012. "If you're a resident of the city, and a child is shot in Little Village, that's a child in the city of Chicago. It's not in another part of the city."
"The decision to host this event in Chicago reflects the profile of our city as an international leader in civic dialogue and community involvement," Emanuel said in a statement. "While the summit is a global event, it will have a local impact and leave a lasting legacy on our city.”
Earlier this month, the mayor went on the defensive about a surge of recent homicides. Between the start of 2012 and April 1, Chicago Police recorded 120 homicides, a 60 percent spike over the 75 murders during the same period in 2010 and 2011.
"Nobody can be comfortable or sanguine about it and nobody should. If you're a resident of the city, and a child is shot in Little Village, that's a child in the city of Chicago," Emanuel said. "It's not in another part of the city."
Emanuel conceded that gang violence continues to be an issue.
Last week Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced 18 men were arrested in two separate investigations targeting gang-controlled drug markets. Two weeks ago, 10 suspected Latin King gang members were arrested in Humboldt Park near a school. The bust turned up drugs and guns, as well as six pit bulls.