Murders up 50%
Well, actually, not unless you're looking at the long term trends. This article doesn't quote the statistics very well, but hey, when has accuracy had any place in the Chicago media?
- The city is once again on pace to see more than 700 murders this year.
There have been 855 people killed or wounded in 682 shootings so far in 2017. The violence is significantly worse than what previous years saw: There were just 597 people killed or wounded in 506 shootings on average in 2012-2016 by this time of year.
There have also been significantly more murders in Chicago than average: There were 170 people killed Jan. 1-April 13, while there were an average of 112 murders over the same period 2012-2016.
The author uses the words "on average" a lot more than she should and it leads to the impression that killings are up - they aren't this year, though the numbers within 20 or so. But on average, the latter half of this decade is showing a significant rise in violent crime.