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  • Tonika Johnson
  • Under Mayor Emanuel, Chicago has fewer cops and other front-line workers

City officials are busy trying to reassure Chicago residents that their neighborhoods are still going to have police protection over the next week, even though hundreds of officers have been sent downtown for the NATO summit.

“You’ll have the same cops on the same beats in the same neighborhoods,” police superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters.

It’s good to hear. Unfortunately, it isn’t what most of us would think of as true, since, as police tell me, all of the city’s tactical officers—the plainclothes guys who specialize in stuff like drug busts and robbery investigations in the neighborhoods—will be on NATO-related duty.