Media Doesn't Buy "Lower" Numbers
Rahm and McCarthy were running around all day touting the supposed "reduction" in crime. But amazingly, someone at the papers pointed out exactly what we've been telling everyone for over six months now:
- (Sun Times) - According to the police department, there were 184 murders this year through the end of June, compared with 260 in 2012 and 188 in 2011.
Last year, murders spiked during a historically warm spring — accounting for most of the 2012 increase in killings compared with 2011.
- (Tribune) - Six months after Chicago ended a bloody 2012 with more than 500 slayings, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Monday delivered some encouraging news about the city’s homicide number: it’s at its lowest total in nearly half a century, he said.
“To date, we’ve had fewer shootings than we had in recent years, and fewer murders than in any year since 1965,” McCarthy said during a news conference at a West Side police station.
That murder number, 184, is the lowest total Chicago police has reported to the FBI for the first half of a year since reporting 180 in 1965, according to official Police Department statistics.
But internal department data obtained by the Tribune shows an identical number of people were slain in Chicago during the first six months of each 2013 and 2011 -- 188.
The difference between the figures is that Chicago police’s official tally to the FBI did not include four killings -- at least three of which took place within city limits on expressways patrolled by the state police. The comparable figure for the first half of 2011 could not be learned.
The Sun Times finally realized that there have been other years where crime was tracked besides 2012 and amazingly, 2013 is right on track with 2011.
The Tribune goes a step further, pointing out that 2013 and 2011 have the exact same total AND that the City is fudging the numbers slightly by not counting the three killings that took place on expressways within the corporate boundaries of Chicago, but which are investigated by Illinois State Police.