CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - He was forced to resign last year during the uproar over the police shooting of Laquan McDonald.
Former Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy has not talked to a reporter on-camera since then, until now. He talked first with FOX 32’s Political Editor Mike Flannery and says he has a few regrets.
FOX 32: What's your biggest regret?
“Not being able to finish what I started. That's about it. We made a lot of progress. All of that's been reversed at this point,” McCarthy said.
FOX 32: The murder rate, the killings, the shootings have gone up.
“Yeah, very much so. I live here. I'm not moving from this city,” he said. “But, you know, the wheels came off. And Eddie's got to deal with it now.”
The new Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke at a City Club of Chicago luncheon where FOX 32 caught up with McCarthy.
“I love Eddie Johnson. I promoted him twice. And he's got a big job ahead of him. But he's got a great background. He's a smart guy,” McCarthy said. “He's got my number. We speak frequently. I'll do anything I can to help him.”
FOX 32: Do you still feel that you got treated wrongly?
“I'm not gonna talk about it, Mike. Like I said, I'll do whatever I can to help him.
FOX 32: What are you doing now?
“I started my own business. Hopefully, it makes some money. I'll have a lot less stress and live a lot longer,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy said his new company advises private clients and companies on security issues.