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Tom Bevan, the co-founder of RealClearPolitics.com, is calling Mayor Rahm Emanuel's Chicago a "war zone."

Bevan, a Chicago resident and host of a local weekend radio show, noted in a July 8 post that even as Chicagoans have become used to daily killings and shootings in the city, the toll of violence that occurred over the long Independence Day holiday was "jaw-dropping."

Between Thursday, July 3 and the early hours of Monday, July 7, Chicago was beset with a whopping 82 shootings during which 14 were killed.

Bevan goes on to report the stuttering shock coming from the Chicago Police Department's brass and the Mayor's office and says, "You know the situation is serious when Emanuel, renowned for his expletive-laden braggadocio, is reduced to meaningless platitudes about creating 'partnerships for peace.'"

Then there is the constant refrain from Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy that the murder rate is actually lower than it has been in the past, a factoid that Chicago magazine effectively torpedoed earlier this year. According to the magazine, the Chicago PD arrived at their "lower" stats by monkeying with the numbers.Scissors-32x32.png

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