Philadelphia’s Decline

Another Democrat-run City, another crime epidemic. Philadelphia: Murder City, U.S.A. : The Other McCain

The pattern is getting hard to miss. Chicago. Baltimore. New York. And now Philadelphia.

If you want to stay alive, stay out of Philadelphia. Earlier this month, the total of murders in the city surpassed last year’s total.

Oh, the powers-that-be in Philadelphia are focused on inanimate objects.

Note the phrase “gun violence,” as if firearms were the cause of this “epidemic.” The human factor — the criminals who actually commit these murders — disappears in this mechanical view.

Click thru for the rest.

Columbus Day Weekend in Chicago

HeyJackass! has details. Mostly Peaceful Weekend | Oct 9-11 2020

Given that the statues were peacefully removed and the parade has been cancelled, the resulting peace should yield zeros across the board “until further notice”.

Final Peaceful Tally: 6 killed, 49 wounded [SNIP]
2015 weekend tally: 3 killed, 20 wounded
2014 weekend tally: 3 killed, 22 wounded

How did removing the statues and canceling the parade make your life better?

The numbers for 2020 didn’t quite double the numbers from 2018 and 2019, but it is close. Click thru for the details.

New York City’s September Was a Lot Like Chicago

Of that shooting spike, how many were by NYPD? September shootings spiked 127% in NYC even as NYPD made record number of gun arrests

The NYPD accentuated the positive in its September crime statistics report by touting a record number of gun arrests during the month. Even so, shootings across New York City had also doubled from the previous year, continuing a violent summertime trend into the fall.

And like Chicago, they need to point out that overall, crime is down. And then they spoil that by admitting that certain crimes, like rape, are under-reported.

Meanwhile, robbery, assault and grand larceny each fell by 11.2%, 6.3% and 6.8%, respectively.

Rapes were also down 19.2%, with 139 incidents reported — but the NYPD believes the crime is being underreported.

I mean while they know that women being raped are not even bothering to inform the police, and murders/shootings are off the charts, larceny is under control, so you can feel good about yourself. Especially if you’re a Democratic politician in NYC.

For the Chicago numbers from September, see this link, and for the spin see this link.

Weekend in Chicago

HeyJackass! has the depressing numbers. Mostly Peaceful Weekend

So how are the powers-that-be, all Democrats, going to blame this on Trump? Because the one thing we know is that they won’t admit it is their fault.

Final Peaceful Tally: 6 killed, 32 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 4 killed, 13 wounded
2018 weekend tally: 5 killed, 15 wounded

There is more history at the link above, and more in general at the whole site.

And here’s “It Ain’t My Fault” for Groot.

But You’re Less Likely to Be Robbed

Chicago has a problem with murder, so they are concentrating on the “good news.” Last month was deadliest September since 1993, but Chicago police point to decreases in other violence crimes

So someone other CWBChicago and HeyJackass! has noticed that Chicago is setting records, and not it good way.

Last month was the deadliest September in Chicago since 1993, though police officials emphasized Thursday that other violent crime dropped from their summer levels.

At least 81 homicides were recorded last month, according to the Police Department’s latest figures. That’s the most for a September since 1993, when there were 83 homicides.

HeyJackass! also shows that carjackings are more than double what they were in 2014, though they don’t break down that data by month.

At least 400 people were shot across the city last month. But the Police Department noted that the number of both shooting incidents and victims was down 19% in September, compared with August. There were also declines in robbery, theft and vehicle theft.

Look and the Bright Side of Life. Or something. Especially if you’re a politician.

Just Another Month in the Windy City? Not Quite

Two stories on the disaster that is Chicago, and 2020 crime Statistics.

Generations worth of improvement gone in a couple of years. September murder tally to be highest in a generation — so city sends more cops to Mag Mile

No one is talking about it — at least not yet — but this month will be the worst September for murder in Chicago since the early 1990s. That sad fact follows closely behind July, one of the single worst months for homicides in the city since modern recordkeeping began during the 1950s. [SNIP]

That number is close to the number of slayings the city saw during the height of the early 1990’s gang wars: 83 murders in September 1990 and September 1993; 85 slain in September 1991; and 109 killed in September 1992, according to CPD records secured by CWBChicago.

At the other extreme, September 2010 had just 30 killings.

There is more on the latest set of boneheaded orders coming from the top brass (and city hall).

People like to blame the Mayor, and certainly Lori “Groot” Lightfoot bears a lot of the blame, but Cook County State’s Attorney Kim “Crimesha” Foxx, and the various judges who keep releasing violent criminals are also to blame.

HeyJackass! brings us a detailed look at the numbers with September Wrap-up.

While May, June & July ended up being “unacceptable”, record breaking months and August provided an ever so slight respite, September pulls a “hold my beer” and puts up totals rivaling the early 90s.

September 2020: 83 killed, 324 wounded
September 2019: 54 killed, 212 wounded

Click thru for a complete breakdown of things like race/gender of victim, how many were shot by police, and more. You will also find the end-of-the-year predictions.

Crime in the big cities was down. Substantially down in Chicago, and in New York City. But then all the “get tough on crime” measures from the late 1980s and early 1990s were deemed to be “unfair.” Witness the result. Now I’m no apologist for cops, but you need to preserve law and order.

Murder at “historic levels” in St. Louis

The Gateway Arch in St LouisAre we surprised? Amid ‘indescribable times,’ St. Louis homicide rate reaches historic levels

When considering crime, you need to consider the rate per 100,000 population.

The highest number of killings in a single year in St. Louis was 267 in 1993, when the city had some 387,000 residents. That means the homicide rate — homicides per 100,000 people — was 69 that year. But the population of St. Louis has continued to dwindle over the decades, settling now at just over 300,000. The result this year is a homicide rate that’s projected to be 79, a startling number that appears to exceed the rate for any other large U.S. city.

According to the Wiki, the last Republican Mayor of St. Louis left office in 1949. Somehow, I’m sure that this is all Trump’s fault, at least according to the media.

Not that the national media will highlight this, because this is not of national interest. Only a local story. Nothing to see here. All is well.

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Affordable Bail Works as Long as You Ignore the Data

JusticeA politician wouldn’t LIE, would they? More murder cases raise questions about officials’ bond court success stories

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, known as Crimesha to Second City Cop (link in the sidebar), loves bail reform.

As we reported Tuesday, Foxx is driving the re-offend statistic down by creating a tight window of opportunity for someone to get caught with another gun.

So the program looks like it’s working, as long as you exclude the data that shows it isn’t.

A gun crime, namely felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, resulted in the first guy having to pay 200 bucks to get out of jail. He was eventually given a curfew, not that that mattered to anyone, least of all the bad-guy.

Stidhum violated his curfew again the very next night and 16 more times during the month of June alone, according to court records. But officials didn’t do anything about it.

On July 16, Stidhum shot and killed 23-year-old Tavion Edwards as the man rode his motorcycle in Lawndale, prosecutors say. Patrol officers heard the gunfire and arrested Stidhum as he ran down a nearby alley. Cops said they found a gun in Stidhum’s pants.

Even though he was out on bail, and had violated the terms of his release a bunch of times, the murder he committed, allegedly, doesn’t count on Crimesha’s stats because it didn’t happen right away. Yeah, that makes sense.

Click thru for the rest.

So yeah, you can prove just about anything you want to prove if you ignore the data that doesn’t help your cause.

In case you’ve been living under a rock this summer, Chicago has a crime problem. Murders and shootings have been through the roof, and the looting isn’t helping things. And while it doesn’t get the attention it deserves, carjacking is surging in a big way this year.

The Summer Shooting Season in Chicago

To no one’s surprise, it was awful. HeyJackass! has the details. 2020 Summer Shooting Season

HeyJackass! counts the summer season from noon, and the Friday before Memorial Day, to 6 AM on the Tuesday after Labor Day.

This year’s Summer Shooting Season not only nailed bucket number six to win a brand new Schwinn bicycle and new, crisp 100 dollar bill, it also managed to take home some high end goods courtesy of Michigan Ave retailers and took numerous field trips to the morgue.

Summer 2020*: 343 killed, 1,606 wounded
Summer 2019: 172 killed, 890 wounded

The first part of that quote references Bozo’s Circus, a TV show from very long time ago.

HeyJackass! has all the stats: Shot in the ass. Selfies. Youngest and oldest victims. Etc.

Tell Me Again Why de Blasio Thinks Cops Have Time to Enforce Dining Restrictions

So why would you want to live in NYC if this could happen? Man sitting in car shot in head as bullets fly in NYC on Labor Day weekend

Five people were shot in the Big Apple on Sunday — including a man killed while sitting next to his wife in a car in Queens — as gun violence continued to plague the city, police said.

Of course de Blasio wants cops to enforce COVID-19 dining restrictions. Because crime is all under control. Or maybe not.

The Labor Day weekend violence continued the summer spike in shootings. There were 242 shootings recorded in August, up from 91 last year, police figures show.

So a 166 percent increase in shootings, but de Blasio apparently doesn’t think that is where cops should be focusing their attention.

To paraphrase Ronald Weasley, from Harry Potter, he needs to sort out his priorities.

Only an “Average” Labor Day Weekend in Chicago

CRIME SCENE DO NOT CROSSBy any other measure it would be a sh*tshow of the highest order. Slain 8-year-old girl among more than 50 shot in Chicago over Labor Day weekend.

Police said the victims’ vehicle was stopped at a red light and the suspects’ vehicle was directly behind it. When the light turned green, shots were fired into the victims’ vehicle, which eventually crashed into a tree.

As for the totals, HeyJackass! lists the final tally as follows:

Final Stupidity Tally: 11 killed, 48 wounded
2019 Labor Day weekend: 11 killed, 38 wounded
2018 Labor Day weekend: 11 killed, 21 wounded
2017 Labor Day weekend: 7 killed, 40 wounded

OK, so the weekend was slightly worse than average. That is a marked improvement over weekends from earlier in the summer.

The End of Summer in Chicago

HeyJackass! brings us Chicago’s Summer’s Finale

Labor Day weekend means it’s time to draw the curtain on another mostly peaceful Summer Shooting Season. Since opening day on Friday, May 22nd, we’ve tallied 336 homicides plus nearly 1600 shot & wounded. Last year’s Summer Shooting Season wrapped up with 172 homicides and 890 shot & wounded.

Click thru for the totals. The totals will be finalized sometime Tuesday Morning.

Shootings Up in NYC

crime scene tapeSomehow I am sure de Blasio will try to blame this on Trump. NYC Crime Surge Continues: Shootings Up 166% in August Compared to 2019

For the month of August 2020, there was 242 shooting incidents across the city compared to the same time period last year when the city saw 91 shooting incidents, according to data

Hey, if you don’t want police protection, then you won’t get police protection.

No mention of the fact that NYC forced NYPD to eliminate the plain-clothed divisions that apparently did more to reduce crime than de Blasio and his hangers-on realized.

Chief of Department Terence Monahan, the highest ranking uniformed officer, disputes the slowdown accusations. Instead, he attributes the rise in violence to other factors such as 2,000 fewer officers patrolling the streets every week

Literally thousands of officers have retired from NYPD in 2020.

August in Chicago

The statistics coming out of Chicago continue to be disturbing. August Wrap-up

August 2020: 66 killed, 430 wounded

That is a fairly disturbing total. It isn’t double what the city has seen in the past few years, but it is a significantly higher total. Like 68% higher, or so, depending on the year.

A breakdown of the month’s idiocy shows:

  • 63 shot & killed
  • 3 killed via other means
  • 3 shot by CPD, 1 fatally
  • 3 CPD officers shot, 0 fatally
  • 1 shot by CCW, nonfatal

There is oh so much more, including reflections on the summer and predictions for September. Click thru.

Weekend in the City

The City of Chicago, that it. HeyJackass! is anticipating a Mostly Peaceful Weekend.

Jersey Barriers and decorative flower pots on Michigan Ave, plywood forests sprouting again downtown, 12-hour shifts and officer safety alerts issued, plus all the usual nonsense has all the ingredients for a mostly peaceful weekend.

Click thru for the totals. At 4:00 PM Central, Sunday the numbers were 10 killed and 37 wounded. Year-to-date, Chicago has had more than 2750 people shot, and more than 500 murders. It’s like they turned the clock back to 1990, in terms of crime.

Violence Driving People Out of Chicago

And out of the swanky neighborhoods. ‘I’ve never had to think about my own safety in this way before’: Shaken by summer looting in affluent neighborhoods, some Chicagoans are moving away.

But they don’t want to wait it out here in the city, fearful of stepping outside at night and hoping for things to maybe get better.

They want out.

“Not to make it all about us; the whole world is suffering,” said Amber, a 30-year-old nurse who lives in River North. “This is a minute factor in all of that, and we totally realize that. We are very lucky to have what we do have.

“But I do think that I’ve never had to think about my own safety in this way before.”

Security is high up on the list of things people want, even if they don’t recognize that until it is gone. And it is gone in Chicago. You can’t buy security in Chicago. The most expensive neighborhoods are being looted, are the site of carjacking and, robbery, assault and rape. At some point, like now, people will say “enough.”

Chicago has been Neil Spun’s home for more than half his life, but recently, the 60-year-old state worker has been conflicted about staying in his Edgewater apartment due to the rioting and looting that started in late May following the death of George Floyd. [SNIP]

“There have been riots before, and looting,” Spun said. “It just seems to me now that the city isn’t doing anything about it. I don’t see this getting any better, and so I’d like to leave.”

Life in Chicago, and in other cities, is taking on the characteristics of the state Hobbes described as a State of War.

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Chicago’s Recipe for More Crime

If you make something cheaper, you will see more of it. As murders soar in Chicago, judges are freeing more violent-crime suspects on electronic monitoring

The number of criminal defendants freed on bail and ordered to wear electronic-monitoring bracelets has soared this year in Cook County, including more than 1,000 people charged with murder, robbery or illegal possession of guns, a Chicago Sun-Times analysis has found.

Police Supt. David Brown says many of those being set free on electronic monitoring are responsible for the steep rise in killings this year in Chicago.

As I write this Chicago has had a total of 491 homicides for the year, with a total number of people shot standing at more than 2600. In fact the numbers are higher than for the entire year of 2014. And we aren’t even done with August.

But I don’t expect anything to change for sometime. The State’s Attorney and the Judges in Cook County are determined to see social justice done, even if people have to die to make their point.

Chicago’s Continuing Slide Into Chaos

HeyJackass! brings us the details with The Weekend’s Stupidity.

It seems that Mayor Lightfoot’s efforts to secure her neighborhood paid off, just not for the city as a whole.

Final Stupidity Tally: 5 killed, 67 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 8 killed, 28 wounded
2018 weekend tally: 4 killed, 29 wounded

So hows that war on Law and Order working out?

Philadelphia Following in Chicago’s Footsteps

Violence it on the rise in Philadelphia. I wonder if they will eliminate police to combat non-police violence. Another Violent Night In Philadelphia Leaving Behind ‘Tsunami Of Pain,’ Turning Neighborhoods ‘Into Cemeteries’.

After a night of rampant shootings in the city, leaving a teenager dead, neighbors came out Saturday in an effort to take back their streets.

Community stakeholders knocked on doors and offered support after a 28-year-old man was shot in the stomach while on the front porch.

That’s what they need! A few more choruses of “Kumbaya” will certainly stop the violence! Or maybe not.

And of course they have to blame the inanimate object. It couldn’t possibly be the fault of the gangs, or the people in Philadephia.Another Violent Weekend Continues To Shine Light On Philadelphia’s Gun Violence Crisis. And it really is NOT the fault of the Democratic politicians and their failed policies. It couldn’t be that. At least that is how the media sees it…

Since midnight Saturday, at least 12 people have been shot, two of them killed. All told this weekend, at least 29 people have been shot. Police say five of those who were gunned down were attending a block party in North Philly.

And the “block party” demonstrates the restraint police are showing.

Police responded to what they called a block party going on with as many as 200 people when several men started firing at police. No officers were injured or discharged their weapons.

But even though no police shot, though they were being shot at, all the violence is their fault. Or something.