CHICAGO (CBS) — The City Council’s Progressive Caucus has asked for a public hearing into allegations the Chicago Police Department has exaggerated a drop in crime.
Police Supt. Garry McCarthy has said, despite widely reported shootings in the city, the overall homicide rate is the lowest it has been in decades.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: Two More Mass Vaccination Sites To Open Thursday; 2,104 New Coronavirus Cases, 44 More Deaths
Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus, wants a closer look at the numbers, and he and six members of the caucus have asked Ald. James Balcer (11th), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, to hold hearings into the city’s crime statistics.
“We want to find what the public view is of crime classification, and reporting practices of the Chicago Police Department, because there’s a lot of issues dealing with the integrity of what the public is being told,” Fioretti said.READ MORE: Lightfoot, CPD Announce Changes To Search Warrant Policies; Police To Begin Tracking Wrong Raids Resulting From Faulty Information
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Fioretti said he wants to get to the bottom of the issue.