CHICAGO (CBS) — Three people were killed and 17 others wounded in shootings across Chicago this weekend, but despite those numbers, one researcher says crime in the city is way down.
While at times Chicago has been in the national headlines when it comes in murder and other violent crime, the statistics show a different story.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Stray Sprinkles On Friday
A new study by Andrew Papachristos, a criminologist and associate professor at Yale University, shows that Chicago is on track to have the lowest murder rate in more than 45 years.
The overall violent crime rate is down to is lowest level in more than 40 years.
“Chicago has been getting a bad rap, where people claim we’re the murder capital of the country. It’s not even close,” said Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.
Mayor Emanuel says what matters is whether residents feel safe.
“We’re not going to rest until people feel the reality of these numbers,” said Emanuel.
According to the study, Chicago ranks 19th in the country in violent crime.
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