CHICAGO – Is the media covering up for Rahm Emanuel on Chicago’s murder rate? Rahm’s GOP opponent says yes.
William J. Kelly, a Republican candidate for Mayor of Chicago and Emmy award-winning TV producer, joined Ed Berliner on “MidPoint” on Newsmax TV recently to discuss Chicago’s shocking murder rate and why the national media is suddenly ignoring it. Kelly contends that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the “most anti-Second Amendment politician in the country” and it shows with the rise in the city’s homicide rate.
“Whose fault is it that a police department in one of the largest cities in American cannot bring this gun violence under control? Is it a mayor that is simply unwilling to do certain things? Is it a federal government and an attorney general that seem more interested in other parts of the country? There has to be a reason why,” Berliner questioned.
“Sadly the reason is very, very obvious and it’s right under our nose. The current mayor, Rahm Emanuel, is the most anti-Second Amendment politicians in the country and we’ve seen the effect of that wrong-headed philosophy or ideology in the streets of Chicago,” Kelly said.
Kelly also pointed the finger of blame at the biased liberal media.
“A lot of people are afraid to say it but the media in Chicago and nationally – they’re covering up for Rahm.”
Since January, Mayor Emanuel has proudly touted a steep drop in Chicago’s homicide rate. But do the numbers really bear out?
The Associated Press recently reported that though Chicago homicides are down, shootings are up. According to Chicago Police Department statistics, the 331 slayings through Oct. 31 were the fewest for that period since 1965. But at the same time, the number of shooting victims was up 9 percent through the end of October.
So what accounts for this inconsistency?
An audit by Chicago’s Inspector General and a series of incriminating reports in Chicago Magazine have raised questions about the Emanuel Administration’s reclassification of violent offenses.
One case in-point involves the death investigation of 20 year-old Tiara Groves, whose bloated and rotting corpse was found bound and gagged to a chair in an abandoned warehouse. Groves’ death had been classified as a homicide until December 18th when Lt. Denis Walsh, who was overseeing the case, reclassified it as a noncriminal death investigation.
Walsh also played a critical role in the alleged cover-up in the 2004 case of David Koschman, who was killed after being punched by the nephew of Mayor Richard M. Daley. After seven years and the appointment of a special prosecutor, the Mayor’s nephew was charged and found guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
Kelly says Emanuel’s record on violent crime should be a national story.
During his campaign, Emanuel promised to increase the number of police by 1,000 but he’s cut them every year he has been in office.
Chicago police officials are furious that Emanuel ended gang task forces and closed down Detective Areas in high crime areas; they complain the move resulted in a loss of contacts with informants.
Chicago police blogs jokingly refer to Chicago as “Rahm Emanuel’s Sinaloa Cartel Sanctuary City.” The cartel has taken advantage of the new surge in illegal immigrants across the border and use it to spread more drugs.
“I believe the people of Chicago need to have their Second Amendment rights secured. Bare minimum, they [Chicagoans] should be given complimentary vests,” Kelly says. “Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says that his first priority is the re-election of Rahm Emanuel. Wrong. His first priority – and that of Mayor Emanuel’s – should be to serve and protect the citizens of Chicago.”