The Chicago Sun-Times points out that crime statistics for that city are being deliberately "fudged" by manipulating them. This is, of course, a problem nation-wide, not just in the Windy City; but it's good to see the issue brought out in public.
Closing more murder cases even though no one was arrested pumped up the high clearance rate the Chicago Police Department has touted, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis finds.
The police department cleared more murder cases in 2019 that didn’t result in an arrest than it has done in years, the Sun-Times found ... of the 261 murders that the police signed off on as having been cleared last year, 152 were closed “exceptionally” — what the department labels “CCX” for “cleared, closed exceptionally,” meaning no one was charged.
That means there was no arrest in 58% of the cleared homicide investigations.
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When someone the police believe committed a murder has died or when prosecutors reject murder charges, the police department’s policy is to clear those cases exceptionally.
Chief police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the reason for the high percentage of CCXes last year is that prosecutors are rejecting murder charges more frequently.
According to the Cook County state’s attorney’s data, prosecutors rejected about 25 percent of the murder cases the Chicago police presented in 2019, compared with 14 percent in 2015.
There's more at the link.
The Second City Cop blog, which famously documents the real state of affairs in Chicago's Police Department compared to the "official" picture of what's going on, is caustic in its analysis.
We've been writing about this in one form or another since the beginning of the blog. McCompStat's [former CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy] entire career was built on falsifying crime data to the point a couple of ex-top cops in New York wrote the definitive book about it and teach come college courses regarding it.
Clear murders by blaming a dead shooter? Why not? He can't sue you for defamation, and what moron is actually going to step up and claim credit for a murder the Department has already buried?
Again, more at the link. It's worth clicking over there and reading the comments following that article, many of them by serving Chicago cops, who are fully aware of the realities of the situation and just as unhappy about it as the anonymous SCC bloggers.
This is, as I said earlier, an endemic problem in US law enforcement. By "massaging" the crime statistics, the politicians in charge (and their top law enforcement bureaucrats) make themselves look better to the electorate. The only answer is to uncover the deceptions they foster, and expose them for the liars they are. At least that way informed residents can understand for themselves the danger from crime, and take steps to minimize their exposure to it - and their means to counter it, if it should confront them.
Moral of the story: If you live in Chicago, don't trust its "official" crime statistics. If you live in any major US city (particularly those controlled by a Democratic Party machine and/or administration), don't trust its "official" crime statistics. They're almost certainly unreliable, to put it mildly.