U.S. Attorney, Mayor Signal More Cooperation In Fighting Street Violence

Chicago is facing a severe economic downturn that the new Mayor (and former White House Official) hopes to turn around. Symptoms include the highest crime in the country.

CBS Chicago

(CBS) — Chicago’s new U.S. attorney pledged Thursday to do his share in the war against inner-city crime.

Zachary Fardon made himself available for reporters’ questions, hours after Mayor Emanuel and his police superintendent talked about their own crime-fighting strategy.

For the first time in a while, both parties appear to be on the same page, if you take them at their word, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.

“I think every day and every night about street violence in this city,” Fardon said. “This office and the men and women in this office take street violence as seriously as anybody in this town.”

Fardon was addressing the perception that federal prosecutors have been more concerned about high-profile public corruption cases over the types of cases that could be brought against gang members.

Earlier Thursday, Police Supt. Garry McCarthy talked at a monthly meeting about the latest crime statistics.

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