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.
Chicago surpassed last year’s total of 435 homicides Monday when a man died after being shot, authorities said.
The Chicago Police Department hopes the latest monthly murder numbers are a sign of better things to come.
Less than two weeks after city officials touted the fact the city went 24 hours without a single shooting or homicide, Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged Monday that the city’s murder rate is up significantly during the first month of the year.
Police say on Wednesday, no shootings or homicides were reported in Chicago for a period of 24 hours, for the first time in nearly a year.
Though murders have increased 27.3 percent compared to last January, there was a “double-digit’’ drop in overall crime last month, police said.