Out of control IV Drug use. Homelessness. Seriously increased crime. It might be time to… Escape from Portland.
Mayor Wheeler won’t go out with a sex scandal, but like his predecessor, he’s unable to reconcile the demands of virtue signaling in a leftist city with the practical problems caused by its implementation. The leftist solutions he’s tried, spending more on homeless services, demilitarizing and diversifying the police, have only backfired.
Property values are falling in Portland because people don’t want to spend a lot of money to deal with drug addicts, etc. (I know, who would have thought?)
Or “A Tale of Two Cities: Chicago and Houston.” Scientific Results.
In a word, “Heh.”
A comparison of demographics – population, racial mix, income, etc. – and laws on Concealed Carry, murders, etc.
The only reasonable (to a Leftist) conclusion forms the title to this post. Go take a look.
HeyJackass! has Enlightening Commentary: Namely Chicago’s Year In Review.
2016 was a shitshow, 2017 was slightly less shitshow-y, but despite 2018 tallying much higher totals than 2004-2015, the only number that matters to the betters is year-over-year.
The Powers-that-be in the Windy City are ecstatic. For the time being.
Looking ahead, the talk about new technology and tactics won’t translate into much of anything given the pro-criminal State’s Attorney and the possibility of a new pro-crime, anti-cop mayor.
It used to be a great city.
Personally I would rather actually BE safe, than just feel safe. Florida schools cover up crimes: Rapes, guns and more.
From rapes to arsons to guns, Florida’s school districts are hiding countless crimes that take place on campus, defying state laws and leaving parents with the false impression that children are safer than they are.
They don’t give a reason aside from that statement. Parents can “feel” their children are safe. Schools are supposed to report incidents to the State. There are no penalties for lying, so the lying bastards lie.
Everything is ignored from attempted kidnapping to rape. And beyond.
Even murder has been ignored. A student at Coral Gables Senior High got a 40-year prison sentence for a fatal stabbing in 2009, a case that attracted national attention, but the Miami-Dade County school district never reported it to the state.
And if you aren’t dealing with issues, they are likely going to get worse. (You think by ignoring the issues, they will get better?)
Some members of a commission investigating the Parkland shooting believe failure to report crime is one reason why Stoneman Douglas was unprepared for the attack in February. Fudging crime reports could open the door to another tragedy if problems go ignored, they say.
(Hat tip to Irons in the Fire.)
The FBI finally released the final report for 2017 last week. Of course they don’t call it the Uniform Crime Reporting System anymore. It is the National Incident-Based Reporting System now. But it makes the name of the report a bit long.
The image is the 2017 FBI Crime Clock. High-level summary of the state of affairs. (Click the image for a larger view.)
Still only about 42 percent of Law Enforcement Agencies provide data. And it isn’t always the smallest that opt out. I haven’t checked for 2017, but it used to be that Chicago did not report data. (I can’t remember the excuse they had.)
The data I find most interesting/useful is the Crime in the United States section. And of most interest to me is the section on violent crime.
The good news is that violent crime overall is down marginally, as is murder. Robbery is down 4 percent year-over-year and down 7.5 percent since 2013. The bad news is Aggravated Assault is up 1 percent in one year and up 11 percent since 2013
The really bad news is that Rape is up substantially. Up 2.5 percent year-over-year and up 19 percent since 2013.
All of the data is available in spreadsheet form, if you are like me and love digging into the statistics.
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.
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.