Chicago’s mayor to deliver major speech on city crime

Rahm Emanuel portrait

CHICAGO (AP) _ Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will deliver his new, more comprehensive plan for addressing public safety in the nation’s third-largest city.

The agenda is expected to include more support and mentorship of youth, a key theme he’s expected to address in the evening speech at a community college campus.

His comments come as Chicago is seeing a spike in violent crime and dealing with fallout from the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald, which prompted a U.S. Department of Justice investigation. The black teenager was shot 16 times by a white police officer. Video of the incident sparked national outrage.

Chicago police have already announced that the department will hire nearly 1,000 more officers in the next two years, and all officers will use body cameras and undergo de-escalation training. Emanuel is also pushing a plan to overhaul Chicago’s system for investigating police shootings and officer complaints.