Citizens Don't Believe the Stats
- Do you feel safe? If you listen to Chicago’s top cop, or look at recent inner city crime stats, maybe you should.
While summers typically turn violent, the first week of summer has proven otherwise. There have been seven murders in the past week. That’s down from 21 people killed the same time a year ago.
“Gang members in this case were so audacious they were actually selling narcotics right underneath one of our pod cameras, the flashing blue light cameras,” McCarthy told reporters during a news conference.
It might have surprised McCarthy, but it didn’t surprise West Side neighbors CBS 2 interviewed.
“There’s drug-selling on every block,” Valerie Newsome said.
The reality, according to resident, put McCarthy’s press conference into perspective.
Twenty-eight days isn't a trend - it's a snapshot. Killings are still up nearly 40% and blowing your own horn because they're killing each other at a slower pace isn't really smart either.
By the way, has the clearance rate fallen below 33% yet?