Former Chicago Top Cop Criticizes City's Protest Response

Lisa Fielding
June 01, 2020 - 3:11 pm
Garry McCarthy summit NATO Chicago

Then-Supt. Garry McCarthy during the May 2012 NATO summit protests. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) — One of Chicago's former top cops says it's been frustrating to watch the unrest and violence in the city over the last few days because lessons should have been learned nearly a decade ago.

Garry McCarthy served as Chicago police superintendent from 2011 to 2015, when he was fired in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting. 

He oversaw police security at the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago, an event the drew vigorous protests and confrontations. Critics say some officers used a heavy hand, but other observers said police kept a lid on potential destruction.

“We practiced, we planned and we executed,” says McCarthy, who today runs a security and consulting firm. “At the end of that event, we did a detailed after-action report, which is on the shelf somewhere in police headquarters. 

“You could implement it today, and it would help control what is happening today.”

McCarthy has not been out of the public eye since leaving CPD. He launched an unsuccessful bid to run for Chicago mayor in 2018.