- At least nine people were shot between 11:10 p.m. Saturday and 5 a.m. Sunday, according to Chicago police, including four outside a West Side club about 3 a.m.
We certainly like how the media is spouting the meme that "murders are up 56%, but overall crime is down 10%."
The thing about statistics is they're very manipulable. Take that 35% number. That's year-to-date of 2011 compared to 2012. It's still a bad number, but it sounds waaaaaaaay better than the almost 118% increase when you compare just March of 2011 to March of 2012.
And the 10% decrease in crime? If you're counting raw numbers, maybe crime did "go down." But if there is a population decrease, then the per capita rate is changing a lot less (if at all) from year-to-year.