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Former NY governor takes aim at Chicago while defending `stop-and-frisk`

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Chicago is making New York's front pages for all the wrong reasons.

Some New Yorkers fear their city's crime rate may soon mirror ours all because "stop-and-frisk"— a law that allowed police to check anyone who looked suspicious--was overturned.

While people in some neighborhoods say gun violence is bad in Chicago, they still say it doesn't deserve this kind of national bashing.

"I notice inside the buildings they're all clean. People are friendly, the transit, the public transportation is nice," tourist Kristina Meyer says.

Those are just some of the reasons why tourists like Kristina Meyers and her family keep coming to Chicago. They're from Indiana and for them as long as they stay along the Magnificent Mile, they're not thinking about Chicago's crime.

"We don't even think about it," she says. "We're just having a good time."

Another family from Mexico City has spent a week in Chicago doing all the tourist things.

"Michigan Ave…no, Navy Pier, the tour of millennium Park and the first day they we went to Ravinia to see the Gyspy Kings," Alice Dayan says of her favorite spots.

Dayan had such a good time, she's ready to relocate. She says she hasn't heard about the crime and doesn't' really care.

"When you live in Mexico, you hear more about the crime than what's going on in the states," she adds.

But the crime in our fine city is making national and at times international news--from the mob action along the Mag Mile to the gang violence on the city's south and west sides.

Even Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy says Chicago has had an issue of violence, but he doesn't think it should make headlines in New York.

"'I'm not even going to get into what I'm really thinking," McCarthy responded.

Chicago police sources say that some of Chicago's men and women in blue use "stop-and-frisk" as a way of crime prevention. It's not something widely done within the department, but in some of Chicago's high crime areas--where police have put in place new strategies, stronger prevention plans and more plain cloth on the streets--sources say, some officers do what they have to to stop the gun fire.

People who live in Chicago say the good, not the bad, should dominate the headlines.

McCarthy says violence numbers are down in part, because people in the community--where some of the shootings occur--are speaking up and they're ready to take back their streets.

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