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Police Tue May 29 2012
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy detailed a gang-reduction strategy at a press conference Tuesday.
"Very clearly, we have a gang problem in the city of Chicago," said McCarthy. He then went on to detail a strategy that involves the mapping of gang intelligence, which will be available to police officers in their patrol cars.
"It includes the monitoring of social media," McCarthy said, stating that gangs often communicate using Twitter and Facebook.
Using police intelligence on gangs, officers can look into a gang-related violent incident, predict where retaliation might occur and respond appropriately.
Mayor Emanuel referred to the success of the recent crackdown on liquor stores that attract gang violence, which he refers to as a "cancer on the community."
Four liquor stores have already been shut down, and there are 30 more that could have their license revoked.
"All of us have to be on the frontline of this issue," said Emanuel.