was in this neighborhood,
and some residents are questioning the use of force used by the police.
Well at least we have the support of the superintendent.
"There's no doubt that lives were saved as a result of his actions and his fellow officers' attempts to contain the animal away from innocent bystanders," Police Supt. Jody Weis said in a statement.
However, the ramblings of the Mayor were classic....
Mayor Richard Daley also added his support for the police response. .
"First of all, it happened at 5:30 in the afternoon [in] the Roscoe Village community. It was seen running between buildings. The cougar charged a police officer," he said in remarks at an unrelated event.
Daley noted that a principal at an elementary school where a day-care program was still active alerted the police of the animal's presence in a school parking lot.
"Now, I just want to tell you, if the cougar attacked a child, they'd sue the city because the police officer didn't do their job. So everybody second guesses, you know. So let the cougar run around and attack children. Everybody would be filing lawsuits, and yelling at the police and all the local officials. … Too bad that we didn't have an animal care and control personnel. [They] were en route to the scene. But again you have to make individual decisions. I didn't see a neighbor run out and grab it and say, 'Oh I love you' and bring it in the house. This is unbelievable. I mean, I just, I just. … 'Don't worry about it.' "
He added, "A cougar is a beautiful animal. I mean, it really is."
I'll give him an "A" for effort.
Read the whole story in the Tribune.