Rahm Emanuel: Chicago's Not 'Treading Water' On Gun Violence

08/28/2012 01:56 pm ET

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Following a weekend where at least 46 people were shot, nine of them fatally, Mayor Rahm Emanuel addressed the recent uptick of gun violence in Chicago.

At an unrelated press conference Monday, Emanuel said that the bulk of the shootings over the weekend were "isolated" in the city's Gresham police district and that "a lot of people did enjoy this city this week," the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

"What happened in the 6th District in Grand Crossing is not reflective of the whole city," the mayor said.

Emanuel next called on a police crackdown in the district similar to a strategy the city's police department instituted in the Englewood and Harrison districts, two areas on the city's South and West sides. The mayor said that strategy, carried out in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, has been successful there, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Still, Emanuel said Monday that Chicago police -- even with federal help -- need the support of the communities hit hardest by gun violence in order to thwart the cycle of violence in the city.

"I'd like to remind everybody that it also requires a community to step up," the mayor said, according to NBC Chicago. "You're not a snitch, you have a role in community policing."

According to a Tribune analysis released Monday, police have struggled to solve the vast majority of non-fatal shootings in the city this year as victims have refused to cooperate with authorities' investigations.

Emanuel on Monday also seemed to take issue with Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's previous statement that the city is "treading water" when it came to its homicide rate, stating that he "talked to Garry about that," according to the Sun-Times.

Meanwhile, Monday evening into early Tuesday, at least 10 people were wounded in shootings citywide in communities ranging from Rogers Park on the Far North Side, to Logan Square and the South Side, the Tribune reports.

As of the end of July, homicides in Chicago this year are up about 27 percent over 2011 and that year-over-year surge is expected to increase once August numbers are in.

Gun violence in Chicago was the subject of a recent segment on HuffPost Live, which featured a panel of activists and journalists including Father Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina Church weighing in on what has been a violent summer.

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