There’s No Media Bias. Nothing to See Here.

The media bias around various shootings is almost ridiculous. The Media are all over some shootings and death, and completely ignore others. It’s almost as if not all deaths (or lives) are equal. Or maybe they just care more about trashing cops than anything else. Well, cops and the 2nd Amendment.

The First Story: These 57 people have been killed in police shootings in Pennsylvania since 2015

Horrible. Pictures of one kid in a graduation gown and mortarboard. Of course another guy is just shown in a mugshot, but that is down at the bottom of the story. Young and old we are told about a few of them. And then there’s an embedded spreadsheet. (Insert quote from Animal Farm here.)

All those figures and stories were compiled by the Washington Post.

Then there is the other kind of killing. In which the cops mostly show up after the fact and try (mostly unsuccessfully) to figure out who dun it. HeyJackass! Illustrating Chicago’s Values: October Wrap-up.

October 2017: 55 killed, 228 wounded
October 2016: 82 killed, 348 wounded
October 2015: 31 killed, 203 wounded
October 2014: 39 killed, 215 wounded

There were no police-related homicides in Chicago in October of 2017 – the last full month we have statistics for. 2017 was better than 2016, but then 2016 was the worst year in Chicago in DECADES. At least for murders. (Car jacking is a different story.)

There were 58 killed and 273 wounded in Chicago during September of 2017.

Year-to-date in Chicago, there have been 606 homicides. Of those, 562 have been gun-related. 10 were police shootings. 2674 people have been shot and wounded, which yields 3236 total shootings. Those numbers are sure to go up before year-end (except maybe the police-related shootings.)

Aside from the Chicago papers, HeyJackass! and a few bloggers like Second City Cop, all these statistics fall into an information black hole. The networks aren’t demanding to know how Mayor Rahm Emanuel is going to fix the problem. No delegation from the DoJ is in Chicago mapping out a strategy. No protests. No nothing. Mayor Emanuel says he will put a 1000 more cops on the streets, but that doesn’t address the fact that the prosecutors are not putting the bad guys in jail for very long. They certainly aren’t involving the feds in an Operation Exodus fashion. The gun-toting bad guys are getting a couple of years (if that), instead of the 10 or 15 years of federal time they could be getting. And so the cycle continues.

Mostly it continues in obscurity because the national media is interested in the 57 police-related murders in Pennsylvania over a few years, but apparently couldn’t care less about 606 people killed in Chicago this year. With maybe the exception of the 10 killed by police. Why is that exactly?

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October In Chicago

The only thing you can say is, “It isn’t as bad as last year.” October Wrap-up from HeyJackass.

HeyJackass is the place to go for Chicago crime stats. And Chicago is interesting (to me at least) for a number of reasons. On the personal level I grew up just outside of the city, and went to college in the city. I used to take the trains in regularly to visit museums, and I worked in the city for a short time. As a student of the Second Amendment, Chicago government (and the intelligentsia that supports its positions) is interesting because of their vehement hatred of guns, and the back-flips they do to outlaw and restrict legal gun ownership. And yet for all that focus on guns, they have a tremendous amount of crime. It is almost as if they should focus more on the criminal element than on a bunch of inanimate objects.

October 2017: 55 killed, 228 wounded
October 2016: 82 killed, 348 wounded

For more interesting commentary, click through the link above, and look at the HJ main page.

When I look at what has become of Chicago, I am amazed and saddened. High taxes. High Crime. Bankrupt schools. Pensions unfunded. The list goes on.

Crime in the UK – 2017

Spin aside, the graphs tell a convincing picture. Wait… GUN CRIME has seen a marked increase in the Gun Free UK? “Inconceivable!” Statistical bulletin: Crime in England and Wales: year ending June 2017

The spin is, “reported crime isn’t all crime” and “the cops are better at getting crimes into their data.” The statisticians have a different take.

“Today’s figures suggest that the police are dealing with a growing volume of crime. While improvements made by police forces in recording crime are still a factor in the increase, we judge that there have been genuine increases in crime – particularly in some of the low incidence but more harmful categories.” [My emphasis, Z-Deb]

That statement is credited to John Flatley, Crime Statistics and Analysis, Office for National Statistics.

Those areas showing a sharp increase in the past 2 or 3 years? Gun crime. Knife crime. Sex crime. Violent crime in general. It is almost as though there has been a significant change in the population in the past few years. (The UK recently changed the dates on when stats are collected/published. Hence the gap)




Tale of Two Cities, Part Deux

Chicago and New York City seem to be going in very different directions when if comes to crime.

The Big Apple must be doing something right. NYPD: Serious crime drops at record-breaking pace in September | Newsday

Crime in New York City fell at a record-breaking rate in September, the NYPD said Tuesday, with homicides, shootings and other serious offenses dropping to the lowest level in the modern era of record keeping.

So what is so different about New York City?

Both De Blasio and O’Neill attribute the continuing crime decline to the NYPD’s relatively new emphasis on neighborhood policing designed by O’Neill under former commissioner William Bratton

On the other hand we have the Windy City. 2016 Chicago homicides is highest in 19 years, report says – CNN

The city saw a surge in gun violence in 2016: 762 murders, 3,550 shooting incidents, and 4,331 shooting victims, according to a statement released by the department on Sunday.

There were 480 murders in 2015, the most in the city since 1997.

While the numbers for 2017 show about a 10% decrease over 2016, it isn’t good. Stats for the current year can be found at Hey Jackass!.

The Tale of Two Cities – OR – What is Wrong With Chicago?

The 2 cities being Chicago (2.7 million residents) and New York City (8.5 million residents).

The comparison is on the number of homicides. First up: Chicago – Chicago marks 500th homicide of the year: ‘It’s never over’ – Chicago Tribune, which actually reflects about an 11% DECREASE from 2016. Then there is New York City. NYC May Have Historically Low Murder Rate This Year.

At least Chicago is not in danger of setting a record – in a bad way. Even last year was “only” the worst year in decades. The records were set in the early 1990s.

As for New York…

John Jay College of Criminal Justice professor Eugene O’Donnell, a former police officer, said economic growth may be fueling the drop in crime rather than any police action, the New York Daily News reported.

Is the economy in New York that much better than Chicago? Of course Chicago is doing everything possible to trash the economy – with high taxes that have to go up. (Because they can’t kick the pensions can down the road any farther.)

I hope someone can come with a solution for Chicago; it used to be a wonderful city.

Chicago Police Overtime On Track to Set New Record

Chicago is on track to spend $50 to $60 million more this year than last year on police overtime, with a negligible reduction in crime. 200 Million Dollars | Chicago Murder, Crime & Mayhem | HeyJackass!

The Chicago Police Department is on pace to spend nearly $200 million on overtime in 2017 — 40 percent more than last year’s record

And 10 months after Mayor Emanuel promised a 1000 more cops, the department is ahead by 37 new officers. So it is hard to see that number going down much in the near future.

Still, $200 million is ton of money. And for a 40% increase over 2016, you would expect some excellent result.

For a window into the strange world of Chicago crime – which is much higher per capita than New York City – you can’t go wrong with Hey Jackass!

Update – Just for reference: As of 8 AM Sunday, there were 8 murders and 23 wounded in Windy City.

Chicago’s Stupid Summer

HeyJackass brings us Summer’s Final Shoot-o-Rahm-a. Shoot-o-Rahm-a in *honor* of Rahm Emanuel, Chicago’s mayor, and one-time Obama White House Chief of Staff.

Labor Day weekend signals the end to yet another Summer Shooting Season. Since the season’s kick off on Friday, May 26th, we’ve tallied 229 homicides plus another 1,034 shot & wounded (~10% less than last summer). We’ll look to add to those totals given the tendency for this particular weekend to be really stupid.

Final Shoot-o-Rahm-a Tally: 7 killed, 40 wounded

Look for the Chicago Democrats to claim credit for how “well they are doing” this year with a 10% decrease in summer shootings. But in all of 2015, there were 509 homicides, compared to 481 homicides year-to-date for 2017, with about a quarter of the year left to go…

Compare this to New York City, where the expected number of murders for ALL of 2017 are track to be between 260 and 280. Drop in violent crimes hits record lows, NYPD says. Something is seriously wrong in Chicago.