McCarthy Blames Mayoral Opponent Preckwinkle For Some Street Violence

Craig Dellimore
September 21, 2018 - 6:54 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayoral candidate Garry McCarthy is trying to lay the blame for some of the violence on Chicago streets at the feet of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who entered the mayor’s race this week.

McCarthy, the former Chicago police superintendent, points to Preckwinkle’s efforts to reform the county courts’ bail system. He said this has in some cases put offenders on the street who commit crimes.

“It is difficult to identify a person more accountable for the wholesale slaughter of African Americans in this city than Toni Preckwinkle,” McCarthy said Friday.

The Preckwinkle campaign was ignoring McCarthy’s statements. Justice reform advocates say McCarthy misses the point about why violence happens and has his numbers wrong.

One activist noted that while fewer people are in jail being held on bond, gun crimes are also down.

Preckwinkle has said the thrust of her efforts have been to keep non-violent offenders out of jail, while awaiting the disposition of their cases.