Chicagoland: Top Cop Says Out-of-Control Murder Rate Not as Bad as it Seems

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

With 42 homicides on the books so far this year, the most for a January in 11 years, Chicago Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy claims things just aren’t as bad as it seems.

Chicago’s top cop said the city’s deadly weekend wasn’t as bad as it seems when compared to last year.

There were seven murders from gunshots and other causes from 6 p.m. Friday until 12:01 a.m. Monday , according to the police department. Altogether, the city saw 10 shootings during that period, including victims who were wounded but did not die.

“That’s just not the way those numbers usually play out,” Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy said Tuesday, adding that as of Friday afternoon the murder rate had been down nearly 30 percent for the month when compared to last year. He said there had been 13 fewer shootings last week compared to the same week in 2012.

But the number of murders for the week compared to last year remained about the same.

“Unfortunately that’s the way it goes sometimes … more people die percentage-wise from the shootings,” he told reporters at a news conference in which he spoke of a White House meeting where he and other officials discussed gun policy.

“By reducing the shootings you expect to reduce the murders,” he added, saying the number of deaths was “frustrating.”

On Tuesday, the number of murders kept rising.

He might want to check the stats. In most cities this guy would be given his walking papers. But in the most dangerous city in the nation he’ll probably be given a raise.

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3 Responses to “Chicagoland: Top Cop Says Out-of-Control Murder Rate Not as Bad as it Seems”

  1. lyle on 30/30/13 at 2:15 pm

    Reminds me Mark Twain’s quip about Wagner’s music: “It’s not as bad as it sounds.”

  2. MT Geoff on 30/30/13 at 5:10 pm

    Week-by-week and even month-by-month comparisons are flimsy when comparing things like homicides between years. It’s not like the criminals have a quota and they will either speed up to meet it or quit once they have met it.
    Is the Chicago violence rate consistently higher over the weekends? It sure sounds like that as I follow these articles but I dunno.
    I might not be fair here, but the article seems to be trying to blur the distinction between shootings, killings, and fatal shootings. Seven murders from gunshots and other causes — what’s the distribution? How many of the shootings involved semi-auto rifles with large magazines?
    It is true that assaults with guns do kill more often than other assaults do.