Violence is up, let’s blame the guns… I guess? Anyone else tired of the city’s favorite scapegoat?
Despite comparable resources to other big city’s, Chicago’s violence continues to outpace the likes of New York and Los Angeles — why?
Johnson: It’s annoying that people constantly scream about year-to-year shooting statistics on every article that decides to use a different stat, and it’s annoying that we (the press) cling to year-to-year changes as if two years can tell our readers everything they need to know. Two years is nothing!
As of November 30th, Chicago’s homicides are down when compared to last year. Though it looks likely 2014 will see fewer homicides than 2013, there are many factors, including a substantial rise in homicides in November, that could stop that from happening.
Over the span of seven years, the same neighborhoods continued to log more homicides than the rest of the city.
The sizable drop in homicides in 2013 is great… as long as you don’t live in one of the neighborhoods that saw an increase.
With a significant decrease in homicides from 2012 to 2013, it’s hard to continue calling Chicago the Murder Capital of America.
Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said February’s homicide total was one of the lowest ever, and continued a trend of dropping violent crime that started more than a year ago.
The total for 2013 is up 28 percent over 2012, but the number of shootings decreased by 30 percent, police said.
“There is an unacceptable level of violence, but the progress we’re making is undeniable,” Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.
Two men were killed in separate homicides Saturday night in Lake County.
While speaking about Syria on The Colber Report last night (September 3rd), satirist Stephen Colbert decided to use Chicago as one of his punchlines.
Chicago Police are expanding their so-called Operation Impact. That’s the saturation of high crime areas with foot patrols made up of new recruits.
The search for more possible victims of serial killer John Wayne Gacy is now in the hands of the FBI.
After the bloodiest January in the city in a decade — coming on the heels of a particularly violent 2012 — the killings slowed to a relative trickle in February.
Second Congressional District candidate Mel Reynolds on Wednesday urged federal authorities to focus on gun violence in Chicago, instead of alleged financial misdealings by former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife.
The murder toll in Chicago for the month of January now stands at 42, making it the most deadly January in Chicago in more than 10 years.
The third homicide victim in three days lived within blocks of the other two. All three died from gunshot wounds.
As the city was closing out 2012 overnight, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was out on patrol with his officers, and even helped make a felony arrest.
Chicago Police say the city finished 2012 with 506 homicides, about 16 percent more than were recorded in 2011.