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Chicago's Crime Problem: A Matter Of 'Perception'

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In a June 9, 2012 photo, the Chicago Police gang enforcement unit stops a car with four suspected gang members and arrests one of them on a warrant. In Chicago, homicides are up over 50 percent over last year. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
In a June 9, 2012 photo, the Chicago Police gang enforcement unit stops a car with four suspected gang members and arrests one of them on a warrant. In Chicago, homicides are up over 50 percent over last year. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

Faced with anger, alarm, and bad press from the latest outbreaks of violence, the Chicago police superintendent pulled another old move out of the political playbook Tuesday.

“We’re having a perception issue,” he told a group of downtown professionals.

That would be Superintendent Garry McCarthy, though it’s easy to get confused, since he sounded a lot like his predecessor, Jody Weis.

Weis, you'll remember, is the one whose “muddled” leadership McCarthy has been dismissing throughout his first year in office, much as Mayor Rahm Emanuel rarely misses an opportunity to remind us what kind of a mess he inherited from Richard Daley.

Read the whole story at Chicago Reader