Garry McCarthy

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Garry McCarthy
Ct-met-garry-mccarthy-chicago-mayor-20180321.jpg
McCarthy in 2018
Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department
In office
May 16, 2011 – December 1, 2015
Appointed byRahm Emanuel
Preceded byJody Weis
Succeeded byEddie T. Johnson
Personal details
Born
Garry Francis McCarthy

(1959-05-04) May 4, 1959 (age 60)
New York City, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic[1]
Spouse(s)
Gina McCarthy (m. 1984–2014)

Kristin Barnette (m. 2014)
ChildrenKyla McCarthy[2]
Alma materUniversity at Albany, SUNY (BA)
ProfessionAmerican Public Servant
Websitehttp://garryformayor.com/
Police career
DepartmentNew York City (1981-2006)
Newark, New Jersey (2006–2011)
Chicago (2011–2015)
Service years1981–2017
RankPolice commissioner

Garry Francis McCarthy (born May 4, 1959) is former U.S. law enforcement officer, politician, and former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department.[3] He was a candidate for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 Chicago mayoral election.[4]

Early life[edit]

McCarthy was born and raised in the Bronx. He attended Cardinal Spellman High School and graduated in 1977. In 1981, he graduated from SUNY Albany with a BA in History.

Law enforcement career[edit]

New York Police Department[edit]

McCarthy joined the New York City Police Department in 1981 at age 22. He rose through the ranks and became Deputy Commissioner of Operations in 2000. McCarthy was in the middle of ground zero during the September 11 attacks, working closely with then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani to operate an emergency response command post. While with the NYPD, he held a variety of positions around the city, was commander of several different precincts, and eventually was in charge of the NYPD's CompStat program.[5]

Newark Police Department[edit]

In 2006, McCarthy left his position with the New York Police Department to take over the Police Department of Newark, New Jersey. He was chosen for this role by Mayor Cory Booker,[6] and appeared with Booker in the documentary series Brick City. McCarthy presided over a sharp reduction in crime during his tenure in Booker's administration in Newark with homicides declining 28 percent, shootings declining 46 percent, and overall crime declining 21 percent.[5]

Chicago Police Department[edit]

McCarthy was hired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to take over the Chicago Police Department shortly after Emanuel's election in early 2011. McCarthy was the City of Chicago's highest paid public employee, earning an annual salary of over $260,000.[7][8] The number of crimes[9] and murders in Chicago declined during his tenure (with murders declining from 525 in 2011 to 505 in 2012 to 415 in 2013).[10] In an investigative article by Chicago Magazine reporters David Bernstein and Noah Isackson, it was asserted that the decline was in part due to the unjustified re-categorization of murders as undetermined and then if it is later determined to be a murder, tallying the total to the prior years' statistics.[9][11][12] McCarthy responded that the article is "patently false" and criticized its reliance on anonymous sources.[13] A 2012 audit by the Chicago Inspector General determined that the Chicago Police Department had under-counted aggravated assault and aggravated battery victims by 25 percent by not following state guidelines by counting each incident rather than each victim.[14][15][16] McCarthy attributed the error to the administration of the prior police superintendent, Jody Weis.[14][15]

Termination[edit]

On October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald was murdered by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Laquan McDonald, a young black man, was 17 years old and was shot 16 times.[17] A cover-up of this incident occurred, lasting 400 days, yet McCarthy had seen the video footage a few days after the murder occurred.[18][19] When the video was released to the public following a court order, activists condemned police violence, the code of silence, and racism in the Chicago Police Department and called on Mayor Emanuel, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy to resign.[20][21][22] McCarthy did not resign, but was terminated by Rahm Emanuel.[23]

2019 Chicago mayoral candidacy[edit]

On March 21, 2018, McCarthy announced he is officially running for Mayor of Chicago in the 2019 election, against Mayor Emanuel.[4] He currently resides in Chicago, and is a father to his two daughters Kyla McCarthy, Kimberly, and son Kiernan.[24]

July 2018 polling indicated that Garry McCarthy was the leading challenger to incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel.[25] In September 2018, Emanuel announced he would not be running for reelection.

Garry McCarthy evntually was lead to concede in this election. His campaign for mayor had been eagerly anticipated when the man who fired him after four years as top cop, Emanuel, was still in the race. But the dynamics changed for McCarthy when Emanuel dropped out and was no longer a target for attacks. McCarthy alluded to how more than a dozen others entered the fray and it got more competitive when Emanuel announced he wouldn’t run for a third term. Though he had often been in the public spotlight, including facing protesters head-on during the city’s 2012 hosting of the NATO summit, the mayor’s race was the first bid for public office by McCarthy, who heads his own security consulting firm. [26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruthhart, Bill. "Garry McCarthy, former top cop fired by Rahm Emanuel, details why he's challenging him for Chicago mayor". chicagotribune.com.
  2. ^ "KYLA MCCARTHY & TIM SMITHE JR". chicagosplash.com/. 2013-06-30. Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  3. ^ "WYCC PBS Chicago - A Plea for Peace". Wycc.org. 2012-10-11. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  4. ^ a b "Ex-Top Cop Garry McCarthy Officially Jumps Into Race Against Mayor Rahm Emanuel". Chicago Sun-Times. March 21, 2018. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  5. ^ a b Moser, Whet (2011-05-02). "Meet Garry McCarthy, Chicago's New Top Cop". Chicago. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  6. ^ "New York City Crime Strategist Picked as Director of Newark Police Force". The New York Times. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  7. ^ "Intelligence Report: The highest paid city workers in Chicago". abc7chicago.com. 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  8. ^ "Data Of City Of Chicago Worker Salaries". Chicago.cbslocal.com. 2014-08-15. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  9. ^ a b "Fudging Chicago Crime Numbers | Chicago Tonight". Chicagotonight.wttw.com. 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  10. ^ "Chicago's murder rate plunged in 2013". News.yahoo.com. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  11. ^ Bernstein, David (2014-04-07). "The Truth About Chicago's Crime Rates". Chicago. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  12. ^ John Kass (2014-04-10). "What looks like murder to mom doesn't to police". Articles.chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  13. ^ "Chicago crime stats debated as magazine calls police claim of 'progress' an illusion". Fox News. 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  14. ^ a b "Chicago Police underreported number of 2012 assaults, audit finds". Suntimes.com. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  15. ^ a b "Chicago police under-reported batteries in 2012". Articles.chicagotribune.com. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  16. ^ "Report of the office of inspector general: "chicago police department assault-related crime statistics classification and reporting audit" (PDF). Chicagoinspectorgeneral.org. April 2014. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  17. ^ Ali, Tanveer; Seidel, Jon; Grimm, y. "A timeline of the Laquan McDonald shooting and the Jason Van Dyke case". Chicago Sun-Times.
  18. ^ "Chicago police chief fired amid Laquan McDonald fallout". www.cbsnews.com.
  19. ^ "McCarthy Says His Hands Were Tied In Laquan McDonald Case". 30 November 2015.
  20. ^ "Ministers, activists to call for resignation of CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy". 29 July 2014.
  21. ^ "Chicago cops accused of covering up Laquan McDonald shooting to go to trial". USA TODAY.
  22. ^ TheGrio (December 2, 2015). "Rahm Emanuel, Anita Alvarez - where's your resignation?".
  23. ^ "Chicago Police Chief Garry McCarthy fired by Mayor Rahm Emanuel". Fox News. 2001-09-11. Retrieved 2015-12-01.
  24. ^ "Meet Garry". Garryformayor.com. March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2018.
  25. ^ "Poll for challenger Lightfoot shows Rahm's 2019 re-election bid in big trouble". chicago.suntimes.com. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  26. ^ Pearson, Rick. "Concession speeches come early, often in crowded Chicago mayoral race". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019-02-27.

External links[edit]