Spin Spin Spin
- Homicides continue to drop in Chicago, to the lowest levels since the 1960s, but shootings remain stubbornly higher, with the numbers of incidents and victims both on the rise at the nine-month mark of 2014, according to statistics released Wednesday by Chicago police.
For the first nine months, 1,927 people were shot, a 6 percent increase that translates into 114 more victims than the year-earlier period, the statistics show.
But homicides fell 7 percent to 298, 22 fewer killings than a year earlier and the lowest numbers since 1965, according to the department. It also marks the eighth consecutive quarter in which homicides have dropped.
If homicides are up for the month (which they were), bring out the quarterly numbers. If the quarterly totals are shady, trumpet the annual decrease. DO NOT mention the advances in medical technology or near universal presence of cell phones that permit the immediate summoning of medical assistance. And downplay the "more lead, less dead" mantra that seems to be taking hold - shootings incidents and shooting victims are up, despite extra State Troopers, Feebs, ATF, sheriffs and 200 CPD a night working at OT rates.