Only days after Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked for federal agents and U.S. Marshals to help combat the city's wave of violence, about 50 Chicago police officers have arrived in Charlotte to work perimeter security details for a week at the Democratic National Convention.

Chicago police union officials questioned the use of officers in Charlotte.

"We had two homicides and dozens of shootings this weekend, and we're sending offices out of the city?" said Pat Camden, a spokesperson for the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police. "I think the average person would shake his head over that."

Last Friday, Mayor Emanuel and Chicago police superintendent Garry McCarthy publicly asked for federal help in targeting neighborhoods that have been hit hardest by the city's wave of violence.

Chicago's homicide rate is about 31 percent higher than last year, with 346 reported killings as of August 19, according to figures provided by the Chicago police.

The police union has been critical of Mayor Emanuel, a prominent figure in the Democratic party and former White House chief of staff, for substantial reductions in the police budget. "We've had about a thousand officers retire over the last two years and only about 200 have been hired to replace them," said Camden, the Fraternal Order of Police spokesperson.
Despite Crime Wave, 50 Chicago Police Sent to Dem Convention - ABC News

rahm's a thug, with the soul of an assassin, the personification of bullying, big-shouldered chicago machine politics

the unions don't like him, he will crack them unless the voters get to the ram first

these people just aren't very nice, chicago values

did you hear the teachers are gonna walk?

why did obama promote arne duncan from the chicago schools to cabinet level ed secty when the former pro basketball player couldn't even get the kids to and from class alive?

obama is a bizarre mixture of harvard elitism, third world resentment, militant class warrior...

but more than anything, barack hussein obama is chicago, the sprawling, dispirited south side of chicago, the baddest part of town

cry for federal help, call in calypso louis, and the send the blues to north carolina to protect the party from...

what are they so afraid of?

apparently not more shoolkids killing more schoolkids on the slippery streets of the windy city

embarrassed yet?

where do you go to get back your self respect?