Meet Garry McCarthy, Chicago’s New Top Cop

Rahm Emanuel announced today that the head of Newark’s police department will be the next superintendent of the Chicago Police Department. There’s a lot that’s familiar: experience with technologies like Compstat and surveillance cameras, and union tensions.

Photo: THE SUNDANCE CHANNEL

It’s been almost completely lost in the wake of the biggest news story in years, but Chicago has a new police superintendent: Garry McCarthy, who’s coming here from Newark.

  • He’s a lifer. McCarthy started as a cop when he was 22 years old, and is the son of a detective. Bringing in outsiders is inevitably tense for the Chicago Police Department, but McCarthy’s long experience will likely help.
  • He’s a protege of William Bratton:
  • Faced with a community worried about crime, they can hire a chief who frets that there are limits to what he or she can accomplish. Or they can go with someone inculcated in an attitude that holds, as former NYPD deputy commissioner of operations Garry McCarthy puts it, “Every crime can be prevented. Is it a reasonable expectation? No. But if you shoot that high, you’ll do pretty well.”

    That is one reason McCarthy is now police director in Newark, New Jersey, hired earlier this year by Mayor Cory Booker to bring down that city’s high crime rate. The philosophies of policing that McCarthy has been using these past 10 years were, he says, “nurtured in [the Bratton] era.”

  • He’s got a background in crime statistics. Before he moved to Newark, McCarthy oversaw NYC’s famed Compstat program.
  • He put up good numbers in Newark. “During [Cory] Booker’s term, homicides have declined 28 percent, shootings are down 46 percent, and crime overall is down 21 percent. March [2010] was Newark’s first month without a murder since 1966. Booker has emulated the approach pioneered by New York City in the 1990s, bringing over a New York City police veteran, Garry McCarthy, to run the police department, and instituting New York’s CompStat computer system for tracking crime and holding precinct commanders accountable.”
  • He likes cameras. So don’t expect the Daley-led initiative to lose any momentum. During McCarthy’s tenure, Newark made heavy use of them—perhaps even more so than Chicago:
  • Major cities such as London, New York, and Chicago have rolled out larger video surveillance networks. But technology experts say Newark, New Jersey’s largest city, is the first metropolis to combine an array of technologies on a large scale. “I haven’t seen a city with this mix of technology all in one place,” says Kevin Kilgore, president of Let’s Think Wireless, a New York company that has built wireless networks for several hundred cities, including Newark.

  • He brings an emphasis on narcotics trafficking. In Newark, McCarthy instituted a 45-person narcotics unit, the city’s first; here’s a good, long look at the difficulties he faced in shutting down a Newark drug house.
  • He’s coming from one set of cutbacks to another. In Chicago, CPD manpower has been an ongoing issue of controversy; McCarthy’s force was cut 16 percent in January.
  • He’s had problem with the unions. He received a vote of no-confidence (just like Jean-Claude Brizard) from Newark’s Superior Officers Association in late 2010. It came during a very public, very tense fight over layoffs, and a push by the ACLU for federal oversight of the Newark police department.

Here’s McCarthy from the Sundance documentary series Brick City:

 

Photograph: The Sundance Channel

 

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3 years ago
Posted by red walker

Garry McCarthy is dumber than a rock! For him to blame Sarah Palin for his issues is beyond a stretch of any kind or demented or real reality. What a bumkin.

Oh my God, please protect us in Chicago because this numbskull has no idea of how to do it or what he is doing.

Then, again, didn't the new Mayor want this guy. Garry McCarthy is a puppet and a mouth piece.
He should resign and be ashamed of himself......

3 years ago
Posted by tango

It's pretty sad when the Superintendent of Police fights for the same kind of gun control that the Klan did. But hey, I guess when you can carry a gun wherever you want you don't care about some nobody actually being able to defend themselves against a bad guy when your cops are busy somewhere else.

3 years ago
Posted by Jake Witmer

McCarthy is an abject idiot. The very first Jim Crow laws were laws that required Southern citizens to get permission from their local Sheriffs to carry firearms. Whites were given permission and blacks were not. This enabled true institutionalized racism, resulting in thousands of lynchings.

Fast forward to the present. The places that still have such "Jim Crow" laws on the books are all giant, "liberal" cities. The result is the same: blacks are unequal under the law, denied their basic right to self defense. Only, now it's "for their own good." Liberal cities are the most violent places in America, including Chicago, which has been the number one most violent city several times in the last ten years.

McCarthy claims that by failing to deprive blacks of access to firearms, the American Police State has failed them. The exact opposite is true. By denying geo-politically black areas their right to self-defense, the Chicago police have made blacks into rightless citizens. The result has been that both police and common criminals are emboldened to violate the rights of blacks, without fear of legitimate retaliation.

Black-on-black crime in Chicago is the highest in the nation, because law-abiding blacks cannot defend themselves against the criminals in their communities. If a black man or woman defends themselves from rape, robbery or assault, they will go to prison. Even worse, the police now use "mala prohibita" (victimless crime offenses) to imprison over 1,752,000 innocent people, within which blacks are disproportionately represented. Fred Hampton Sr. was murdered by the openly-racist Chicago police, on orders from the IL State's attorney's office, because he was politically-organizing blacks against police victimization.

The police all carry guns: if the guns themselves are the problems, why is this? Private citizens routinely outperform police at shooting events. Moreover, private citizens don't have a paycheck that skews their morality to enforcing victimless crime laws. More and more, the public has more to worry about from the police than the criminals. And even the best cops are expected to enforce mala prohibita. As the chief profiler, and originator of FBI profiling has stated in his books, the enforcement of victimless crime laws has perverted law enforcement, and drained law enforcement resources away from taking serial killers off the streets.

So what's the solution? ...Arming responsible black men in black communities. This will happen if blacks' 2nd Amendment rights are respected, and they are treated like adults are all treated in Vermont and Alaska. ...The only answer is one set of laws for every citizen in every state, "equality under the law," equality under the top law of the land: The Bill of Rights. Every day in Chicago, blacks go to prison for things that aren't considered crimes in Alaska. McCarthy is part and parcel of this problem, but he's a belligerent cop, who has made a career out of ignoring his oath to uphold the constitution, so don't expect him to understand, or sympathize, ...or tell the truth.

If you want the truth about "gun control" I highly recommend the DVD documentary by David T. Hardy "In Search of the Second Amendment" online at http://www.secondamendmentdocumentary.com Churches would be far better off showing that DVD to their congregations, than letting a tyrant spout disarmament propaganda to the defenseless.

-Jake Witmer
http://jcwitmer.blogspot.com
jake.alfg@yahoo.com
312.730.4037

3 years ago
Posted by minister Parks

I was arrested for asking a question.Some of my rights were violated.As I've yet to be proven guilty.I can't report what happened to any superior officers.I'm a registerd voter for one.But I feel citizens should have the right to report on things not being done right to them by people in authority.Why is this?? Minister John Parks

2 years ago
Posted by Ursula Stanek

Dear Mr. McCarthy:

Every April, the American Library Association designates a week as “National Library Week” to celebrate the importance of libraries in their communities. This year it runs from April 8th to 14th. As part of our recognition, we would like to put the spotlight on how people in the Chicago area perceive libraries.

Could you please tell us why you believe libraries are important? We are planning a display, so if you could also send along a picture it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to help us communicate the value of libraries to the citizens of La Grange Park and the surrounding communities.

Sincerely

Ursula Stanek
Circulation Services Director
La Grange Park Library
555 N. La Grange Rd.
La Grange Park, IL 60526
708-352-0100

2 years ago
Posted by bills

Islam is garbage.

CAIR sprang from a rat's tush.

Louis F. is a sick Nazi.

1 year ago
Posted by spring

F-YOU, GARRY MCCARTHY!! YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A WORTHLESS, SH--EATING, NAZI LOVING, GUN GRABBING, LIBERAL ASSWIPE! YOU THINK THIS NATION DOESNT KNOW YOU'VE BEEN BOUGHT BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION? YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS CORRUPT...YOU ARE THE ONE PUTTING YOUR PEOPLE IN DANGER...HOW'S ALL THAT GUN CONTROL WORKING OUT FOR YOU JACKASS? YOU JUST NEED TO REACH THAT HAND OF YOURS RIGHT BETWEEN YOU LEGS AND GIVE A GOOD HARD YANK ON THAT HEAD OF YOURS, WHICH IS CLEARLY LODGED INSIDE YOUR ASS!!!

1 year ago
Posted by jose123456789

Just want to say I am so glad you had all the cops in the right areas over this holiday weekend it turned out to be the deadliest weekend in any country ever. Just a question having them all in the right areas were they at your house catering to your every need so you did"nt have to get off your lazy ass and BBQ or get your drinks? I would like a public lie detector done on every cop on the Chicago police dept. there is known facts there are quite a lot of them supplying the gangs with gun"s for lots of money so I would like to see that happen now show the city you work for them not for you and our money!!!!!!!

4 months ago
Posted by rinebell25

Superintendent. McCarthy I
I have a plan that can solve your gun murder problem Chicago. Please. Contact. Me @ catherine 60104@gmail. com

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