You have to love when they hide the crime numbers in the bottom paragraphs of an article about body cameras:
- Meanwhile, McCarthy said that heading into the last month of the year, homicides in Chicago are on pace to be the lowest since the 1960s, down 3 percent from a year earlier. But shootings remain considerably higher than last year, according to police statistics released Monday.
The number of homicides has fallen to 369 through the first 11 months of 2014, 13 fewer than a year earlier and the lowest figure since 1965, according to the department. But last month, despite being the eighth-coldest November on record for Chicago, homicides rose to 38, from 29 a year earlier.
Despite the overall drop in homicides, shootings continued to rise. Through the first 11 months of this year, Chicago has seen 1,885 shooting incidents, 172 more than a year earlier, about a 10 percent increase. For November there were 138 shooting incidents, 26 more than a year earlier or a 23 percent jump.
No mention of November being the fourth month in a row of homicide increases over the same time as last year. There might be enough "death investigations" to put Chicago over the 400 mark for the year, but they won't see the light of day until well after the back-patting ends and the media focuses on some other nonsense.