Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s police chief, Superintendent Garry McCarthy are having to deal with January’s spiraling pace of murders in the nation’s third most populous city, including the recent killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton a mile from President Barack Obama’s South Side home.
Pendleton was shot in the back and another student wounded by a gunman who sped away as they were taking shelter from the rain with other students. The volleyball player and band majorette had attended the president’s second-term inauguration in Washington last week.
As Obama presses for measures aimed at curbing gun violence, the killings in his home town run by his former White House chief of staff threaten the mayor’s own political stature by undermining his city’s sense of security.
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