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New York saw a 5.6 percent decline in murders this year through October — to 286, down from 303 — but the Windy City recorded 625 murders over the same time, despite having a population one-third the size of New York’s.
Chicago’s surging homicide toll for 2016 — which stood at 656 as of Monday — also marks the first time since 2003 that more than 600 people have been killed there in a single year, putting the city on track to record its most annual murders since 1997.
“They’re not getting out of their cars and stopping people. That’s because of all the politics here,” said McCarthy, a former NYPD cop.
“In Chicago, performance is less important than politics. It’s called ‘The Chicago Way,’ and the results are horrific.”
In NYC, it’s different
“Most cities only place foot posts in business districts. We put our foot posts in the most violent areas of the city, as well as our business district,” the source said.
“Something has come unglued in this very small number of neighborhoods,” he said. “The same kind of intense, armed conflict just hasn’t broken out here.”
Vitale pointed to structural differences between the cities.
“In New York, we have much smaller areas of really desperate poverty, and most of it’s tied to public housing,” Vitale said.
“In Chicago, you have whole swaths of the city that have basically been abandoned. There are no jobs, there’s no future, and that’s where the violence has been occurring,” he said.
A New York City law enforcement source blamed Chicago’s surging murder rate on the fact that only 8 percent of that city’s cops work as detectives, compared to 15 percent of the NYPD’s.
With fewer investigators, it’s harder to track down and bust killers, leaving them free to commit more mayhem, the source said.
Last year, Chicago cops solved 46 percent of open homicides, well below the national rate of 63 percent.
By comparison, New York’s clearance rate was nearly 68 percent, according to the NYPD.
originally posted by: andy06shake
a reply to: xuenchen
Non the less they do the same damage legal or otherwise.
I get that Americans hold with the right to bear arms, but at some point you need to consider the damage that these weapons legal or otherwise inflict upon your population.
Fact is a significant percentage of the people who commit firearms offences are way to crazy to be allowed to carry such weaponry, legally or otherwise.
Edit: On reflection that's a lot of "legally or otherwise" statements from me. LoL
And i get that the majority of people will disagree with my assessment regarding the matter but the facts are self evident.
originally posted by: moeron60
I live in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago and anytime my mom has the news on it's always revolving around bad things happening in Chicago. I'm 26 and have lived in northern Illinois my entire life and it's time for a change, this state really sucks.
The State of Chicago.