The Latest: McCarthy disavows Giuliani, Trump
CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on weekend gun violence in Chicago (all times local):
A candidate running to replace Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago has rejected tweets by President Donald Trump’s lawyer in which he offers his support and sharply criticizes Emanuel.
Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy issued a statement Monday distancing himself from Rudy Giuliani’s views and what McCarthy calls “the misguided, divisive tone and policies of Donald Trump.”
McCarthy was responding to earlier tweets by Giuliani in which he blamed a wave of deadly shootings in Chicago over the weekend on what he called decades of “one party Democratic rule.” Giuliani also called McCarthy a “policing genius.”
In McCarthy’s response, he describes himself as a “proud Democrat” but does criticize Emanuel for what McCarthy says has been his “weak leadership.”
Emanuel didn’t immediately respond to McCarthy or Giuliani.
Chicago’s mayor says one lesson from a wave of weekend violence is that people who live in neighborhoods where the shootings occurred have to be willing to name potential suspects.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference with Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson Monday to address the violence. Police say at least 11 people were killed and about 70 were wounded over the weekend.
Emanuel says residents must be willing to “speak up” and help identify suspects. Johnson echoed that, saying there are often people who know who pulled the trigger but don’t go to police.
Emanuel and Johnson say the weekend shootings were concentrated in just a few neighborhoods on Chicago’s West and South Sides, in areas where street gangs are entrenched.
Johnson says the shootings “are not random” and are “fueled by gang conflicts.”
Police say weekend shootings in Chicago have left at least 11 people dead and about 70 wounded.
The violence peaked early Sunday, including one shooting on the city’s South Side that injured eight people.
The Chicago Tribune reports that by comparison, at least seven people were killed and 32 were wounded during the long Memorial Day weekend, often one of the most violent weekends of the year.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson planned a Monday news conference to discuss the violence. Patrol Chief Fred Waller said Sunday that gangs sometimes use large summer crowds as cover.
Police have said violent crime has declined overall in Chicago. Still, anti-violence protesters have blocked freeways to voice their outrage.
Chicago’s gun violence has drawn national scrutiny, including from President Donald Trump. His lawyer, ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, tweeted Sunday blaming Chicago’s longtime “Democratic rule.”