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Chicago Again Partners With Feds to Reduce Crime

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    In response to questions about violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel asks the community to step up after nine people were killed and 37 injured in shootings over the weekend in Chicago. (Published Monday, Aug 27, 2012)

    Ahead of the Labor Day holiday and following a weekend of shootings that left nine people killed and 37 injured, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday he's expanding the city's partnership with the feds to reduce violent crime.

    Emanuel said Chicago police again will partner with federal patrol, gang, narcotics and vice units, as well as the United States Marshals Service, this time in neighborhoods beyond the 7th and 11th districts. The program, which Emanuel credits with curbing crime in East Garfield Park and Woodlawn, will target areas plagued with shootings last weekend.

    Gun Violence Runs Rampant In Chicago

    [CHI] Gun Violence Runs Rampant In Chicago
    Another deadly weekend in Chicago as 9 people were killed and 37 wounded by gunfire. (Published Monday, Aug 27, 2012)

    "We now have to deal with what's happening in Grand Crossing over the weekend," Emanuel said Tuesday, "and we will do that."

    Attorney General Eric H. Holder said in a statement the extra assistance will help police "build capacity, bolster intelligence analysis capabilities, and spearhead criminal investigations and prosecutions."

    McCarthy on Violence: "Locked In Battle With Gangs"

    [CHI] McCarthy on Violence: "Locked In Battle With Gangs"
    Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy says better gun laws are needed to help stem gun violence. "In my estimation, the single most important thing that we need in the state of Illinois is a requirement to report the loss, theft or transfer of a firearm." (Published Friday, Mar 8, 2013)

    "The Department continues to stand with its partners in local law enforcement," Holder said, "These additional resources will help the City of Chicago in its efforts to combat violent crime and improve the quality of life of its residents."

    Chicago's summer violent streak started Memorial Day weekend when more than 40 people were shot. Resident want to prevent a repeat this weekend.

    “Our goal is to create an impact citywide by focusing on areas in our communities that most susceptible to violent activity,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said.

    McCarthy told NBC Chicago Monday that tighter gun laws are needed, and though the department's tactics are taking root, some so-called retaliation shootings "are happening quicker than we have been able to get in front of them.

    He said at least some of the weekend's shootings were in retaliation of incidents that happened up to a year ago.

    "It's hard to stay on it the entire time," McCarthy said. "This is where we need help. This is where we need to do something about the amount of guns that are in the city."