Story by 89 WLS Reporter Bill Cameron
(CHICAGO) Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent McCarthy talked about the thug attacks at a morning news conference in a 111th St. police station on Monday.
The Mayor and McCarthy called in reporters to highlight a 69-percent drop in the murder rate during the chilly month of March, but reporters questions turned the focus on the thug attacks over the weekend on Michigan Avenue and the CTA.
In a bit of a surprise, Superintendent McCarthy dismissed the notion that the thugs were organized because they used Twitter to coordinate when and where to gather.
“They’re not organized,” McCarthy said. “If they were organized there would be an entirely different issue. The fact is nice weather, a lot of people go downtown. And those kids have every right to go downtown! The behavior that they engage in, if it’s illegal, they will be arrested quickly and prosecuted.”
The Mayor argued that tourism is up despite the occasional thug attacks on Michigan Ave.
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