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Rep. Davis: Maybe the police are killing Chicago`s black youth

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The issue of race and violence in Chicago is a hotly contested debate around the city and now a prominent state lawmaker is backing down from her earlier claim that set off a firestorm.

State Rep. Monique Davis initially claimed that Chicago police are secretly killing African-American children.

Davis now admits she has no evidence to back her claims and does not believe it's true, but did tell a radio interviewer that some in her South Side legislative district believe it is true.

She refused to apologize to police officers.

"Why do I owe them an apology? Because I said what someone told me, what someone whispered, what they suspected?" Davis said. "Listen very carefully. Now let's not be confused. I said my community, many people in my community, based upon their experiences and their knowledge, believe it is possible that some of these murders are committed by our ‘finest.'"

Police Supt. Garry McCarthy had a strong reaction.

"I think it's absurd. I think it's inflammatory," McCarthy responded. "I think it's also insulting to the men and women of the Chicago Police Department, who are putting their lives on the line every single day to make our community safe."

Rep. Monique Davis has heard it all before during her 26 years in office. She has compared school closings in Chicago for budget reasons to what the Nazis did in Germany. After an intemperate rant on religion caused a cable TV host to label Davis the "Worst Person in the World," she apologized. When outraged Hispanic lawmakers objected to a tirade on the House floor about Latinos and tacos, she apologized.

On Friday, after bringing the mother of slain Chicago cop Charles Wortham IV to her office, Davis denied harming police, despite repeating an utterly unfounded "whisper" that they're secretly killing black kids and blaming it on gang bangers.

On Tuesday, she told Detroit's urban talk radio station:

"People have whispered to me. They're not sure that black people have been shooting all of these children. There's some suspicion. And I don't want to spread this. I'm just going to tell you what I've been hearing. They suspect that maybe the police are killing some of these kids...The other day, a child was missing for two days. And he was found in the back of his home. And he had been shot and beaten to death...So, I mean, there are a lot of weird things going on. And I'll be honest and tell you...I am truly outraged."

Many Chicago police officers are also outraged. Davis insisted she was merely reporting on a social phenomenon that cops, journalists and others need to hear.

"What was said, Mike Flannery, was my community suspects that some of the community murders may be done by police. Now, why my community thinks that? Perhaps it's based on experiences they have had," Davis said.

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