'The Factor' investigates violence in Chicago

This is a RUSH transcript from "The O'Reilly Factor," April 5, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

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O'REILLY: "Watters' World Segment" tonight. Violent crime in Chicago. So far this year 109 people have been murdered in that city. That's up 56 percent over last year. Much of the violence is gang- generated minority-involved.

We sent Jesse Watters to the Windy City to find out what's going on.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: A total of five fatalities.

JESSE WATTERS, FOX NEWS: Murder is skyrocketing in the city of Chicago. What's going on?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's three times more deadly in Chicago than anywhere in the nation.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It really starts at home because you've got a lot of people born into families without fathers.

WATTERS: Chicago gets millions of dollars each year to fight this. Where's the money going?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Money is not enough. It's going to take family- to-family, block-to-block to not only bring the crime down but raise the value of life.

WATTERS: What's this neighborhood like?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Confused. Desperate. Desperate for resources and I don't know where the resource is going but it's not coming in our community.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's World War 17 over here. If you get caught in the crossfire just hope you make it out of here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've got to do more graduations than we do funerals to turn this thing around.

WATTERS: There are a lot of gangs here.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Basically what you have are two primary gangs. Gangster Disciples, they are black Gangster Disciples. They're Black Disciples.

WATTERS: So are there a lot of shootings in this neighborhood?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Oh definitely. Right here we are on King Drive. You're supposed to be a symbol of peace. Unfortunately we have a lot of violence right here on King Drive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes, I got shot one day. It's all good though. I'm still alive.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: People don't talk to nobody. You will be lucky enough if you could just make it across the street to the store and come back.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You got o President Obama's house right here. You go six blocks over, you got shootings over here, you got four blocks over this way you got shootings over that way.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Nine shots were fired.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You know you're talking about semiautomatic guns, you're talking about high-powered guns. These kids are holding some very dangerous weapons.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: These kids are holding severe dangerous weapons.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We've got to stop referring to people as African- American, Hispanic-American. These are American kids and they are being slaughtered by other American kids.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Police come after the murder happen. You don't see a police officer out here now.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: There are a lot of patrol cars patrolling the neighborhood. I think they are not enough.

WATTTER: If Bill wanted to come out here, what would you -- what would you guys like greet him with open arms?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Yes there's no black on white crime. He is safe down here. They don't want him.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We just heard pop, pop, pop. People started screaming and running everywhere.

WATTERS: And these murders have spiked during Rahm's watch. How do you think the mayor has handled it?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, they spiked during Mayor Dailey's watch. I hear it's been known as a Deadly City.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's trying to come up with ways and he's listening to the people in the community. And he's trying to rally positive solutions.

MAYOR RAHM EMANUEL (D), CHICAGO: About 70 percent of all the shootings and homicides in the city of Chicago are gang on gang violence. If we can deal with the reprisal of shooting we can start to make the impact on both the shooting and the high homicide.

WATTERS: Murders are at the record rate under your watch how do you feel about that?

EMANUEL: I just answered the question.

WATTERS: I know that's the kind of message you want to send to families?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I'll be right with you.

WATTERS: He said he'd be right there with me, so please.

WATTERS: Obama did a lot of community organizing there. Did that work?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Well, I never heard of the guy until he ran for Senate.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He did a great job and then he moved on and someone else took his place.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Obama is my man. You know what I'm saying. I'm mess with Obama, but I'm saying it's more that he could be done.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Most of the politicians that are from Chicago just like Trayvon Martin case, you know yes, Bobby Rush on the House floor in a hoodie when people are dying in this district.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just because someone wear's a hoodie does not make them a hoodlum.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think that's kind of hypocritical. And that's my honest opinion.


O'REILLY: All right. A couple of things Rahm Emanuel the mayor he didn't want to talk to you right? He didn't want to answer questions.

WATTERS: No. He didn't want to have anything to do with me.

O'REILLY: Ok no women in that piece.

WATTERS: No, they were too scared to talk to me at all. It's just really sad, they can't even go across the street with groceries. They are kind of ducking and hiding in the middle of the day.

O'REILLY: All right, so they don't want to be on television and anger somebody who may watch it who is a member of a gang.


O'REILLY: Now what are these gangs fighting about? Do they sell narcotics? Are they drug gangs?

WATTERS: Right. Yes it's mostly drug gangs and they are fighting over smaller and smaller scraps because the economy is bad. And white people aren't buying as many drugs now. So the profits are down. So they're trying to fight over turf, property and respect.

O'REILLY: All right so most of their fighting and murders are -- I want to be on this block and I want you off this block.


O'REILLY: And if you don't get off this block we are going to kill you.

WATTERS: Exactly.

O'REILLY: So drug dealers are killing drug dealers.


O'REILLY: Is it all black?

WATTERS: Yes it's all black. And that's the deal. And one of the main beefs, actually. Arabs are buying up all the stores in their communities and they are employing all the gang bangers. So they are running drugs in these Arab-owned stores and they are just fronts and the cops for some reason aren't raiding these stores.

O'REILLY: How much of a police presence is there in the neighborhood you were in?

WATTERS: I actually saw a lot of police officers. But the main problem there, they are not getting out of patrol cars and patrolling the streets on foot.


O'REILLY: They don't walk around.

WATTERS: They are not shaking hands, they're not getting to know the community. They're kind of responding to the crime after it happens.

O'REILLY: Is that because there is so much crime that they -- that's all they have to do is respond?

WATTERS: That might be the policy. I talked to one of these ex- police officials. And he said what they need to do is the surge strategy like Iraq. Flood the zone, boots on the ground, do stings, raids.

O'REILLY: That's what I would do, that's absolutely. That's what they do in New York City with the crime stat wherever the crime are they flood the zone get these guys out. But it is out of control down there right now, right?

WATTERS: It's out of control. I was safe though. I said should I be scared? And they said we don't shoot white people you're our biggest customer.

O'REILLY: For drugs?


O'REILLY: Well, they had you pegged. No, no. No. Just a little levity on a serious story. All right, good job.

WATTERS: Thank you.

O'REILLY: I appreciate it.

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