Chicago – Not As Bad As It Was

HeyJackass takes a look at the past month in Chicago with November Wrap-up.

Aside from 2016’s total shitshow, this November fell in line with past Novembers with a slightly less shot total possibly due to January’s early arrival.

November 2018: 45 killed, 130 wounded
November 2017: 41 killed, 165 wounded
November 2016: 83 killed, 323 wounded

There is more history and more commentary on this once-great American city.


Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics – Chicago Edition

When a politician, and especially a Chicago politician, tells you things are wonderful, look for the real story elsewhere. Man carjacked in Wrigleyville Tuesday evening, just hours after police execs boasted about city’s carjacking rate.

So Chicago – in the persons of the Police Superintendent and Deputy Chief – is celebrating the fact that car-jackings are down 14% since last year. But if you look at their own data, you can see that it is pretty nearly 100% higher than 2013. Not much to celebrate.

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who notes…

We sarcastically called carjacking the “ghetto Uber” not too long ago – a gunman jacks a car, uses it to get from Point A to Point B, maybe uses it for a shooting, perhaps even a smash-and-grab driving into a building, then abandons the car somewhere, knowing that if he is ever connected to it, probation is probably the worst thing that might happen to him. We even pointed out years ago that this lack of consequences would inevitably lead to uptick in carjackings.

Because putting criminals in prison would be unfair. Or something.

What Happens When You Cut Cops on the Beat By a Third?

You could also ask what happens when a government isn’t focused on law and order? Cuts have left policing at risk of becoming irrelevant, MPs warn.

Public safety is supposed to be one of the main things a government focuses on. Or that’s what I always thought. But that isn’t where the UK has been concentrating its efforts.

Policing is at risk of becoming “irrelevant” as the number of officers on the beat is slashed and vast numbers of crimes go unsolved, a parliamentary report warns.

Recorded crime is up 32%. Charges/summonses are down 26%. Arrests are down. Fraud is virtually ignored.

It appears highly unlikely that more than one in 200 victims [of fraud] ever sees their perpetrator convicted,

Yet somehow the police in England find time to investigate charges of wrong-think. (Saying things that are not approved by the government.) Strange how they had the manpower to arrest Tommy Robinson. Or maybe it’s not so strange.

Funding is being blamed, as policing – at least beat cops – has been cut about 35% in the past few years.

The Telegraph has a similar story: Police ‘leaving families to fend for themselves’ amid fall in arrests.

Click on the image for bigger view. It is almost as if something changed in the UK in about 2013. It is one thing when both arrests and crime are going down, but when crime is going up, things are not as they were.

It comes amid growing concern that criminals are increasingly allowed to roam the streets without fear of being caught. Victims’ campaigners last night described the figures as “appalling”, and suggested many families no longer feel safe in their homes.

And of course the British are too “civilized” to permit people to defend themselves in their own homes.

So once again we can ask, what are they spending taxpayer’s money on aside from “Public safety?”

The Continuing Decline of a Once Great American City

I loved Chicago. It has always had its problems, but there are great museums, Second City Comedy Revue (Think Saturday Night Live without network censors) and wonderful music, everything from Jazz to Classical. (At least in the past…) But it has become a nightmare. How The Grinch Stole River North: Violent crime pours into once-safe downtown neighborhoods, stats show.

Muggings, robbery, and carjacking have all become an epidemic in the city. A few short years ago people were genuinely shocked when crime showed up in their “safe neighborhoods.” Not so much anymore.

And the police beat that covers the River North dining and nightlife district has seen robberies spike nearly 400% since 2014. If you want to get robbed in Chicago, River North is the place to go. It is now the #1 police beat for robberies citywide.

This is also the district that covers The Magnificent Mile. If you were going to Chicago for business or pleasure you would likely be told of restaurants or things to do in this part of the city. Neighborhoods that have beaten crime back have “invested heavily” in private security, because the politicians – and the cops – have failed. Though mostly the politicians and the courts.

I haven’t been in the City of Chicago, including the airports, since early the early years of this century. The last time I drove into the city it was $21/hour to park my car at the city lot near Chicago’s Art Institute. I doubt I will ever go again. (Hat tip to Second City Cop.)

Trigger Warning: Political Incorrectness Ahead

This guy is really poking the alligator with a stick. Can we tell “the truth about who kills women in this country”?.

Jessica Valenti is a feminist and a liar, but I repeat myself. A couple of weeks ago, Valenti invited scrutiny of her truthfulness by responding to the murder of a young woman in Iowa.

So who does kill who in this country? Click thru and see a review of the 2016 FBI Uniform Crime Report’s statistics.

Hat tip to Robert Stacy McCain (who also wrote the original article posted above.)

Groups of Teens Terrorize Chicago

OK, Terrorize might be overstating it a bit. But not by much. Cops are prevented from doing anything about it. By policy. Chicago’s Zulu War: ‘The Cops Have Told Us They Aren’t Gonna Touch Them’.

Most of the source material – the quality material anyway – comes from Second City Cop and Crime in Wrigleyville and Boystown. I was tempted to post on this, because I read both of those blogs, but I cover Chicago more than I probably should.

A startling reality of life in Chicago is that gangs of black teenagers roam the streets randomly assaulting white people:

If you follow all the links there are security videos of some of the incidents. Even some major news outlets have been forced to pay attention, though the Tribune and Sun Times have tried to ignore the issue.

As for the police response (from Second City Cop)

a Chicago police officer says department policy prohibits them from taking effective preventive measures: “All we’re allowed to do now is ‘herd’ them toward [Chicago Transit Authority] stations.”

And a note that Civilization is starting to slip away in Chicago.

August in Chicago

It had a record setting day. HeyJackass! has the August Wrap-up.

Given the end Summer Shooting Season will be upon us this coming Labor Day weekend, we figured we’d post our August Wrap-up prior to the final Shoot-O-Rahm-a and tweak it as needed.

That record setting day was on the weekend of Lollapalooza, and saw 49 people shot. As of this writing, there were 52 people killed, and 297 people wounded in Chicago in the month of August. (That is sure to go up before midnight.)

See HeyJackass! for all the statistics.