Mix and Match Numbers
The mayor plays with the stats again, and the Sun Times gobbles up Rahm's shit like it's expensive caviar:
- Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday credited the potent but costly mix of police overtime, summer jobs and a preemptive gang takedown for Chicago’s least deadly July Fourth weekend in eight years.
It’s a function of how violent Chicago has become that a three-day holiday weekend with four homicides and 50 shooting victims is considered progress. But it’s the reality in a city that has seen a 49 percent increase in both shootings and homicides during the first six months of this year while police activity has plummeted.
Amusingly, the Sun Times used the SCC definition of "weekend" that we created to set the over/under (1700 Friday until 2359 Monday.) They also must have used the only reliable counting website out there, HeyJackass.com, because their numbers track ours exactly. They also conveniently ignore the HeyJackass.com "overtime" mayhem counter, which counted an extra 24 shootings (17 after the 2359 cutoff) after Eddie tempted the Fates, making the "unofficial" count far closer to years past:
- 2013: 15 dead 63 wounded (78)
- 2014: 16 dead 66 wounded (82)
- 2015: 11 dead 55 wounded (66)
- 2016: 6 dead 62 wounded (68)
Here's the truly amusing portion of the article:
- This year’s July Fourth weekend reversed the trend, albeit briefly, with murders falling to nearly half the two-day 2015 weekend, when there were seven killings. That’s why Emanuel was patting the extraordinary number of moonlighting police officers on the back Tuesday instead of bemoaning the bloodshed on Chicago streets.
“I want to compliment every person on the police department who worked this weekend. Who did overtime or basic tour. Who signed up for extra hours [for] having a quieter weekend,” the mayor said.
“I don’t want to misstate. There was still gun violence,” he said. “But we had fewer homicides than, I think, the last eight years.”
Well, if you took the entire weekend, sunrise-to-sunrise, we actually had more shootings than last year. So shouldn't Rahm be patting the backs of the doctors, nurses and paramedics who saved far more people than the Eddie and John Show, who spent a boatload of money, resulting in two additional people being shot? That won't help Rahm shed the title of "Murder Mayor," but the Sun Times is doing its best to help.