Major Shakeup in Chicago's Police Dept.

Weis did not respond to requests made to his public affairs office for an interview and on Friday spokeswoman Monique Bond said Weis was not ready to talk about his tenure. But Bond defended the superintendent's actions in that case and others, including his recommendation to fire Anthony Abbate, the officer involved in the videotaped beating of a bartender.

"I think we can't lose sight of ... why the superintendent was put in here to begin with - and that was to address some of the misconduct cases that have been at the root of a handful of cases that have plagued the department," she said.

But Cozzi and Abbate aren't the only officers whose actions have damaged the department's reputation. Last year, a group of off-duty officers was charged with beating up four businessmen in a bar; they all pleaded not guilty.

In the wake of those incidents, Weis' predecessor, Phil Cline, announced his retirement.

Mayor Richard Daley hired Weis with the mandate to clean up the department's image. On Friday, a spokesman for the mayor said Daley was pleased with Weis performance thus far.

"The mayor supports Jody Weis and his crime-fighting efforts," said Lance Lewis.

But aside from the new district commanders, Alderman Isaac Carothers said he hasn't seen many "substantive changes," adding that talk of getting officers in shape and giving them assault rifles is just talk for now.

Carothers also is worried about police morale and said he's heard that street cops are not responding to calls as quickly or pulling their weapons when they should for fear of doing something for which they could be disciplined.

"He has to figure out a way to get the support of the men and women who work for him," said Carothers.

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