BY FRAN SPIELMAN
Chicago Sun Times
Mayor Daley today threw more money and police bodies at a daunting problem no closer to being solved than at any time during his 20-year tenure: the bloodbath on Chicago streets that’s destroying another generation of young people.
The videotape replayed around the world of 16-year-old Fenger High School student Derrion Albert being beaten to death during a brawl by students from rival neighborhoods has captured the attention of political leaders like so many other youth murders before it.
Each time, Daley follows a now-familiar script: He summons police and school officials to a high-level meeting, then unveils a scatter-shot program that’s part police, part mentoring and part jobs and social-services.
Today, the pattern was repeated. Only this time, Daley is hoping the results will be different.
“This time, people are maybe looking in the mirrors and figuring out it’s all of our problems,” the mayor told a news conference at the Little Black Pearl Art and Design Center, 1060 E. 47th St.
“The difference is, maybe it’s striking home [with] more and more people. … I hope this video maybe shocked people. But, it shouldn’t shock people. One death of a child is one too many.”
The mayor’s latest plan includes:
• Assigning 148 police officers in 78 vehicles to cover mass transit routes and CTA stations before and after schools. Particular attention will be paid to the 95th Street Bus Terminal, where students from multiple high schools converge. Full story.
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