Rahm Emanuel vows hundreds more cops
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson announced Tuesday that hundreds of additional Chicago police officers will hit the streets this week in neighborhoods wracked by gun violence as the city reels from its bloodiest weekend this year.
The "strategic deployments" will add 430 officers to five South and West side police districts: Calumet, Gresham, Ogden, Harrison and Austin. The supplemental manpower will be increased to about 600 this weekend, though it's not clear how long the deployments will last.
"We'll go as long as it takes to get things under control," Johnson said at a news conference at Chicago Police headquarters alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a few aldermen and local pastors.
Redeploying officers is often a politically risky move, but Johnson insisted no beat officers would be pulled from other districts.
The deployments come in response to a barrage of weekend attacks that garnered international attention as 71 people were shot, 12 of them fatally. The violence reached a peak early Sunday, when 30 people were shot during a three-hour span, including eight in a single Auburn Gresham shooting. About a dozen more people were shot on Monday.
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