Chicago Police To Shift Cops From Desks To Streets

By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)
By: CBS/AP (Posted by Kion Hudson)

(CBS/AP)-- Facing one of its deadliest Januarys in a decade, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was expected to announce Thursday that 200 officers would be moved from desk duty to the streets, CBS Chicago station WBBM-TV reports.

Details on exactly where those officers were to be deployed was not immediately available.

Civilians will take over the desk duties currently done by police officers.

McCarthy was expected to join Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a news conference on Thursday to make the announcement.

As of Tuesday, Chicago had recorded at least 42 homicides for the month of January, making it the deadliest January for murders since 2002.

The homicides include the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old girl, who was an honor student and recently performed with her school's marching band at President Obama's inaugural.

In Chicago, gun violence is taking more and more lives: at least 50 since the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds reports.

Among the seven people murdered in Chicago this past weekend was 33-year-old Ronnie Chambers, shot dead in a parked van.

He was the last surviving child of Shirley Chambers, who now has lost all four of her children to gun violence. CBS News spoke to her Monday at a local funeral home.

"It's not Chicago," said Chambers. "It's these people. It's these people with these guns. They shouldn't have guns, you know?"


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