06/13/2012 03:20 pm ET

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

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.

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