Police spokeswoman Lt. Maureen C. Biggane responded to my first email query about this with, "There was a scheduling conflict and subsequent miscommunication."
When I pressed her--Where was McCarthy?-- she replied:
"The 5th Annual Hoops in the Hood Cross-City Tournament was held at Seward Park (on the Near North Side, starting at 11 a.m.). The Superintendent attended this Youth Basketball Tournament in support of Chicago's neighborhood children going for the cross-city basketball title. Twelve community basketball leagues from across Chicago were scheduled to participate. As it turned out, the event was canceled after the Superintendent's arrival because of the rain. The Superintendent remained on site and visited with youth, organizers and others in the Seward Park field house."
Sounds poorly handled, not just by McCarthy's scheduler but by Carter, who owed the gathering a thorough explanation. It gets back to my theory that people will understand and forgive when you mess up, but only if you're forthcoming.
Biggane said the Q&A session will be rescheduled.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Change of Subject: Where in the world was Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy?
More fallout from last Saturday's GCA meeting where Supt. McCarthy was a no-show! This time we read an explanation by Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn:
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