Chicago's next top cop faces many challenges


By Angela Rozas and Gary Washburn
The Chicago Tribune

CHICAGO The last time Mayor Richard Daley chose a police superintendent, the city was battling violent crime totals that for several years made Chicago the murder capital of the country. But in four years in the post, Supt. Philip Cline oversaw a drop in murders to some of the lowest levels in 40 years, a feat with which he should have been retiring with honor.

Instead, Cline's crime-fighting legacy has been marred with international coverage of videotaped beatings of civilians by off-duty officers and complaints that police have not done enough to root out corruption. Those criticisms contributed to changes in the city agency that investigates police misconduct and contributed to Cline's early retirement this summer.

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