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Supt. McCarthy questioned by Aldermen over crime statistics

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago's top cop went to the City Council Chamber Friday to defend both the way he fights crime and the way he counts it.

When potential candidate for mayor Ald. Bob Fioretti questioned how Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy counts crime -- and claims it's decreasing -- the hearing turned tense.

Some of Fioretti's questions followed up on two stories published by Chicago Magazine, suggesting Chicago police may have misclassified several murders in an intentional effort to undercount violence in the city. McCarthy quoted the city's respected Inspector General, who audited the crime numbers.

“We didn't see any basis to think that the books were being cooked,” McCarthy said.

Other aldermen focused on neighborhood concerns. North Siders expressed frustration that too many police have been transferred to more violent communities.

“We do have so many fewer officers under your command. It could be a budget issue,” said Ald. Tom Tunney of the 44th Ward.

Ald. Ray Suarez said police do not always get the cooperation they need in his West Side neighborhood, because too many officers treat residents with contempt.

“Unfortunately, you know, I can tell you that I get bombarded with calls, ‘I went over here and I got treated like a criminal, discourteous, using the swearing.’ So, this is something that needs to be addressed,” Suarez added.

McCarthy said that, far from being America's "Murder Capital," Chicago actually ranks 21st among America's large cities on a per capita basis.

As he has before, he blamed the media.

“So, in a world of social media where everything is getting reported out, in a world of real time reporting without context, people are bombarded with it,” McCarthy said.

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