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.

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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.)

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.

Ah, The Socialist Dream of Bike-sharing

It’s easy to pick on Chicago… Over 120 arrested since July 1st for possessing stolen Divvy bikes as system’s theft problem drags on.

Divvy bikes are “system” in Chicago and 2 adjacent suburbs. (Evanston, and Oak Park – if you know Chicago, you won’t be surprised at that.) You pay a fee to unlock a bike, when your done with your ride you lock it back in a stand. Like those carts at the airport.

I said “in theory” because sometime around the 1st of July, thieves figured out how to steal the bikes without paying any stupid fee, and without bothering to return them. Since July 1st Chicago cops – in addition to those 120 arrests – have recovered 2% of the bikes in the system. That may only be the tip of the iceberg. (Juvenile arrests aren’t in that total for one thing.)

A conversation with one Divvy valet worker this month revealed that he had been told 20% of the company’s fleet has gone missing during the theft surge.

This isn’t private enterprise. A contract was awarded by the city in 2012. So in addition to everything else, the taxpayer in the Windy City is now on the hook for these stolen bikes.

In a city that can’t fund it’s police, fire or teachers’ pensions, where crime is spiraling out of control, and the taxpayer is groaning under a fairly high tax burden. (Sales Tax, for example, is about 10 percent.)

Second City Cop on Chicago’s Meltdown

Perhaps you’ve heard that the weekend in Chicago was pretty bad. How Many Mass Shootings?

Chief of Patrol, Fred Waller, said it wasn’t because of Lollapalooza. Those cops were all on their regular days-off. So what did cause the 66 shootings?

How about we attribute it to de-policing? The “ACLU Effect”? ExamScam II and its detrimental effect on morale? Or the upcoming “consent decree” that was created without a single cops voice or opinion? There are four reasons right there.

So, where was Pfleger during all this? Livingston? Jesse? Tio? All these marches sure are driving down the crime numbers, right? A few other questions:

  • How many of these shootings were by Concealed Carriers?
  • ….by people (or folks) with FOID cards?
  • ….by NRA members?
  • How many were shot by the Chicago Police Department?

Or does that not fit the narratives being thrown around?

I would add a few names to that litany of “where were they?” But that’s enough to be going on with for now.

And Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is making even less sense than usual.

people did not pull the trigger.”

You know, I never knew that my guns, could get up, jump out of their cases, open the safe and shoot of their own accord. It’s a good thing Rahm Emanuel is here to tell us how the universe works. </sarcasm>

Cook County has been practicing a type of Criminal Justice that continually trades down the severity of the crime tried (or pleaded) and the sentence handed down. They have made it cheaper (because putting criminals in prison is bad) and now they have more of it.

HeyJackass! has the complete and depressing tally.

Longer Sentences Under Get-tough Gun Law? Not in Chicago!

JusticeIf you make something less-expensive, you will see more of it. Number of longer sentences in Cook County under new get-tough gun law? Zero | Chicago Sun-Times

The aim of the law was simple: Repeat gun offenders in Illinois would face tougher sentences.

But a Chicago Sun-Times review of sentences in Cook County since that new law took effect in January has found that no one is actually being hit with those stiffer sentences.

The so-called Criminal Justice System in Cook County/Chicago is not interested in stopping gun crime. (Well, the cops are interested, but they have been abandoned by just about everyone else in City/County government.) Hat tip to Second City Cop.