Chicago Magazine has posted the second part of their series
on how the Chicago Police Department manipulates statistics to make it appear that crime rates are falling faster than is actually possible.
Part one dealt with (mis)counting homicides
Part two deals with lesser crimes - break-ins, car thefts, muggings, sexual assaults and such. The article cites numerous instances of "reclassification" by name, date and/or instance, mostly occurring in the 019 District. The article is precisely like part one, lengthy, detailed and damning. The amount of crime "washed and rinsed" is incredible.
Eli Silverman and John Eterno, authors of the 2012 book The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation,
make a couple appearances in the article. If we recall correctly, Eterno was a Captain in the NYPD and part of the team that created CompStat. Silverman says, “It’s like they wrote the script here [in New York], and you guys [in Chicago] took it.” The article also cites Chicago's long history of falsifying crime stats, from the 1920's to the Crime Commission hearings of the late 1950's to 1982's Pam "not a troll" Zekman's report on "Killing Crime."
We can't even sample this article. As large as it is, it would be a disservice to the writers who have done an excellent job once again, compiling and dissecting the tidal wave of numbers coming out of 35th Street and City Hall that do nothing but distort and obscure reality. The math alone in this piece....tens of thousands of crimes wiped off the books....it's jaw dropping. Even we had a hard time believing the blatant lies being foisted on the citizens, and we've been receiving bits and pieces of it in our comments, e-mails and posting for almost nine years now.
Chicago has a crime problem. It was being reduced, maybe 2 and 3% a year for the past decade. Then economic realities came to the fore and hiring stopped, promotions froze, a new mayor came in and a reduction in force was inflicted upon the Department. It is now clear that numbers probably crept upward a bit, but all the "statistics" coming out the politicians were of "double-digit" reductions month after month after month. We joked about "owing crime to the future." This article shows it wasn't a joke at all, but a deliberate attempt to achieve a political end and innocent Chicagoans are paying a price.