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Chicago Murder Drop Due To More Gang Control?

From the Christian Science Monitor:

Chicago murders drop in 2013. Good police work, or something else?

Chicago police credit new techniques targeting gangs and violence-prone neighborhoods with the sharp drop in homicides, but analysts say changes in gang disputes may be a big factor.
By Mark Guarino | January 2, 2014

The announcement from famously crime-ridden Chicago that violent crime in general, and homicides in particular, fell dramatically in 2013 compared with the year before quickly produced claims of credit from the Police Department.

But some analysts are suggesting the drop – homicides fell 18 percent from 503 in 2012 to 415 in 2013, while shootings plummeted by 24 percent – can be attributed to other factors, including some that are internal to the gangs responsible for the bulk of the city’s violence…

[A]ccording to Arthur Lurigio, a criminal justice professor at Loyola University in Chicago, the dramatic surge in homicides in 2012 made it an unreliable benchmark for determining if the lowered number of homicides the following year was the result of a specific change in policing strategy. In fact, when compared with the 2011 total of 435, homicides in 2013 were only 5 percent lower.

“The unusual spike in 2012 was attributable to a confluence of factors that came together that we are not likely to see in subsequent years,” Professor Lurigio says. They include: An unusually warm winter and spring, and an “unprecedented gang fragmentation” that increased tensions in the city’s most crime-ridden neighborhoods.

You see? Global warming is even causing more gang warfare.

Since then, Lurigio says, gang structures have tightened so that there is more control of the streets. “There was more of a resolution this past year in that they were able to mark off space and maybe negotiate around their differences,” he says…

How wonderful! Sill, the murder rate is also down in Mexico. But not because the drug cartels have been stopped. But because the drug cartels have won and they are now in complete control and no longer face any opposition, even from the police.

And yet we are supposed to cheer this news.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, January 3rd, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Chicago Murder Drop Due To More Gang Control?”

  1. ” .. Sill, the murder rate is also down in Mexico. But not because the drug cartels have been stopped. But because the drug cartels have won and they are now in complete control and no longer face any opposition, even from the police ..”

    This is bone deep truth

  2. canary

    Good point Steve as there has been a surge of illegals pouring into Chicago.

    Chicago continues to refuse to keep or providing crime statistics so there is no reliable benchmark.

    With criminal felons having more hiring rights and benefits to employers than US Soldiers returning from war and other classes who are the list to save employers it is possible.

    Wait til the cold weather disappears and they can switch from robbing the Asians and compete with the new Mexicans Rahm Emanuel is bringing in after just signing a deal with Mexico.


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