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Are Chicagoans Numb to Violence? Mayor Rahm Emanuel Responds

Two days in a row Emanuel has been part of news conference in hospital lobbies after two police officers were shot--one of them fatally.

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    Are Chicagoans Numb to Violence? Mayor Rahm Emanuel Responds

    With two Chicago police officers shot in less than 24 hours, gun violence is front and center for those who want to be Chicago's next mayor. Mary Ann Ahern reports. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018)

    With two Chicago police officers shot in less than 24 hours, gun violence is front and center for those who want to be Chicago's next mayor.

    Public safety and fighting crime are the issues the candidates for mayor say they are asked about the most.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel, alongside police Supt. Eddie Johnson Monday night and again Tuesday afternoon, responded to questions about whether Chicagoans are just growing numb to the violence.

    Two days in a row Emanuel has been part of news conference in hospital lobbies after two police officers were shot--one of them fatally.

    "I don't think people are immune, numb, I think they want to see action," he said.

    Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy -- the former police superintendent believes politics -- and consent decrees -- have negatively impacted how police fight crime.

    "Nothing's going to change in this city, until we first make it safe," he said Tuesday. "I wish that somebody would've asked me the question of why didn’t we get Amazon. It’s pretty simple, cause it’s too dangerous for Amazon to be here."

    State Rep. Lashawn Ford, who also has plans to run for mayor, supports more metal detectors in public spaces.

    "We've been working on legislation to make sure hospitals and public spaces have metal detectors at their entry points," Ford said. "The federal government has issued $1.6 billion for metal detectors for states that would like to apply for grants."

    Gery Chico -- also running for mayor -- gave credit to fallen Officer Samuel Jiminez and the other offices who ran into mercy hospital.

    "God only knows if they weren't there yesterday, how much worse this could have been, if this gunman had made his way into the hospital further," Chico said.

    Of course with so many running for mayor we are unable to include all of them in today's story, however fighting violence and policing will continue to be questions asked of the others running for mayor as well.

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