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.

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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.

Violent weekend in Chicago

Something is really wrong in Chicago. Violent weekend worst since July Fourth: ‘It’s so bad out here’ – Chicago Tribune

At least 63 people were shot and eight of them were killed, police said. More than half were wounded over 13 hours from Saturday to early Sunday. At least 16 more were shot through the day Sunday, including the four on Madison in South Austin.

The best take seems to be via Second City Cop

Someone sent us this mathematical formula. We updated it with the latest numbers from HeyJackass.com:

  • Out of the 2,437 people (and folks), shot/killed this year, the police are responsible for 0.007796 of the total.

Percentage wise, that’s just over three-quarters of 1%.

We don’t know about you, but this pretty much proves that police are the problem.

Let’s go tear down a statue or something.

While the shooting count is slightly lower than it was last year, it is way above the where it was 2013 or 2014. And the Chicago police have seen their closure rate on homicides drop to 13 percent.

Something needs to change in Chicago. But nothing of merit will change. Lawmakers are trying to change the sentencing guidelines for repeat gun criminals, but the DAs will continue to boot the gun charges. Nothing will change.

Copenhagen Deals With Street Gangs and Shootings

While they have a long way to go to have the kinds of problems Chicago deals with, they do seem to have a growing problem. Three more Copenhagen shootings Thursday night: reports – The Local

A power struggle between an organised crime gang known as ‘Loyal to Familia’ and another group located in the Mjølnerparken and Nørrebro neighbourhoods is reported to be the cause of the persistent shooting incidents.

No fatalities have been reported from any of the shootings.

Loyal to Familia is the up-and-coming gang in Copenhagen. (Note: That link is in Danish, if you open it in Chrome it should offer to translate it for you, otherwise run it through either the Bing or Google translator. They are doing a much better job these days.) Considering LTF was only founded in 2012, they seem to be making a name for themselves.

What really caught my eye on this story was a related article. Copenhagen Police extend stop-and-search zone – The Local. The cops aren’t waiting for things to get out of hand.

The ordinances (called visitationszoner in Danish) allow police to stop anyone within a predetermined area and search them for weapons without having probable cause.

They are extending both the time-frame originally envisioned and the area in question. Because keeping order is what the state is for.

All this in a city of about 800,000 people that has seen only 23 shootings (no fatalities) this year. Remind me, what is going on in Chicago?

It Isn’t the “thing” that is responsible

The UK has been fighting a crime war, but they seem to be ignoring the criminals. Now they are considering licensing drain-cleaner, because it is hazardous. Acid Attacks On The Rise In The U.K.

But even their own “experts” (where would we be without experts?) say that is a losing battle.

British retailers are now talking about licensing the purchase of sulfuric acid. But criminologist Marian FitzGerald says criminals will just find another easily accessible weapon.

“The people that are actually using these readily available domestic pieces of equipment, in a premeditated way,” she says, “they are sufficiently canny that if there is pressure on one particular type of weapon, they will use another.”

But they never seem to talk about “getting tough on crime” or extended sentencing or anything about holding people responsible for their criminal actions. They will outlaw a substance – and make all of the law-abiding citizens’ lives harder – and in the end, accomplish nothing.

Just how bad is it?

Corrosive substances are increasingly used as weapons in the U.K., especially in London, which had more than 450 attacks in 2016.

The global pattern of acid attacks is that they are mostly against women and girls, but in the UK it is more about gang violence, and the victims are more likely to be men.

I expect to see that someday, the UK will restrict the purchase of cricket bats, and then they will outlaw the possession of rocks. In the meantime, they will continue to hand out “anti-social behavior tickets” (or whatever the hell they are called these days) ignore property crime, and sentence people to little or no time in jail.

Baltimore Tried a Ceasefire – Too Bad It Didn’t Work

They needed to try something, since they’ve basically decided to do without police enforcing the law. Baltimore Chaos – Ceasefire In “Violence-Plagued” City Starts Today | Zero Hedge

Zerohedge didn’t think the gangs would give up their profits and revenge for 72 hours, and they didn’t

The ceasefire did last 24 hours, but not 48. Second deadly shooting in Baltimore’s ‘Nobody kill anybody’ weekend | fox13now.com

Some 40 hours into the grassroots ceasefire, a 24-year-old man was fatally shot. Within a few hours, a 37-year-old was also killed by gunshots.

As you can see from the chart at the top of the post, Baltimore is on course to have a record-setting year in terms of homicides. Not a record they want to set, but that kind of thing basically happens when you tell police to “back off” under pain of every kind of sanction city hall can dish out.

Now to be fair, the cops in Baltimore have brought some of this on themselves. Corruption scandals. The death of Freddie Gray. The video of the officer planting drugs before a “search” could find them. In short, the Baltimore Police Department has shown they have a way to go before most people will consider them “professional.” But in the meantime, Baltimore is tearing itself apart.

With the 2 deaths on Saturday, the 2017 total for Baltimore is up to 210. The complete yearly total for 2016 was 318. The all time record for Baltimore was in 1993 when 353 people were killed. (Baltimore was a larger city in ’93.)

The conclusion that Zerohedge reached:

Baltimore is a chaotic war zone and it’s time we start treating it like one.

I’m not sure it is quite that bad, but there are a lot of things that need to change. Hat tip to HeyJackass! and their Shootapalooza coverage.