The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates

David Bernstein and Noah Isackson, Chicago Magazine, April 7, 2014

It was a balmy afternoon last July when the call came in: Dead body found inside empty warehouse on the West Side.

Chicago police officers drove through an industrial stretch of the hardscrabble Austin neighborhood and pulled up to the 4600 block of West Arthington Street. The warehouse in question was an unremarkable-looking red-brick single-story building with a tall barbed-wire fence. Vacant for six years, it had been visited that day by its owner and a real-estate agent—the person who had called 911.

The place lacked electricity, so crime scene technicians set up generators and portable lights. The power flickered on to reveal a grisly sight. In a small office, on soggy carpeting covered in broken ceiling tiles, lay a naked, lifeless woman. She had long red-streaked black hair and purple glitter nail polish on her left toenails (her right ones were gone), but beyond that it was hard to discern much. Her face and body were bloated and badly decomposed, her hands ash colored. Maggots feasted on her flesh.

At the woman’s feet, detectives found a curled strand of telephone wire. Draped over her right hand was a different kind of wire: thin and brown. The same brown wire was wrapped around each armrest of a wooden chair next to her.

The following day, July 24, a pathologist in the Cook County medical examiner’s office noticed something else that had been obscured by rotting skin: a thin gag tied around the corpse’s mouth.

Thanks to some still-visible tattoos, detectives soon identified this unfortunate woman: Tiara Groves, a 20-year-old from Austin. She was last seen walking alone in the wee hours of Sunday, July 14, near a liquor store two miles from the warehouse. At least eight witnesses who saw her that night told police a similar story: She appeared drunk and was upset—one man said that she was crying so hard she couldn’t catch her breath—but refused offers of help. A man who talked to her outside the liquor store said that Groves warned him, excitedly and incoherently, that he should stay away from her or else somebody (she didn’t say who) would kill him too.

Toxicology tests showed she had heroin and alcohol in her system, but not enough to kill her. All signs pointed to foul play. According to the young woman’s mother, who had filed a missing-person report, the police had no doubt. “When this detective came to my house, he said, ‘We found your daughter. . . . Your daughter has been murdered,’ ” Alice Groves recalls. “He told me they’re going to get the one that did it.”

On October 28, a pathologist ruled the death of Tiara Groves a homicide by “unspecified means.” This rare ruling means yes, somebody had killed Groves, but the pathologist couldn’t pinpoint the exact cause of death.

Given the finding of homicide—and the corroborating evidence at the crime scene—the Chicago Police Department should have counted Groves’s death as a murder. And it did. Until December 18. On that day, the police report indicates, a lieutenant overseeing the Groves case reclassified the homicide investigation as a noncriminal death investigation. In his writeup, he cited the medical examiner’s “inability to determine a cause of death.”

That lieutenant was Denis Walsh—the same cop who had played a crucial role in the alleged cover-up in the 2004 killing of David Koschman, the 21-year-old who died after being punched by a nephew of former mayor Richard M. Daley. Walsh allegedly took the Koschman file home. For years, police officials said that it was lost. After the Sun-Times reported it missing, the file mysteriously reappeared.

But back to Tiara Groves. With the stroke of a computer key, she was airbrushed out of Chicago’s homicide statistics.

The change stunned officers. Current and former veteran detectives who reviewed the Groves case at Chicago’s request were just as incredulous. Says a retired high-level detective, “How can you be tied to a chair and gagged, with no clothes on, and that’s a [noncriminal] death investigation?” (He, like most of the nearly 40 police sources interviewed for this story, declined to be identified by name, citing fears of disciplinary action or other retribution.)

Was it just a coincidence, some wondered, that the reclassification occurred less than two weeks before the end of the year, when the city of Chicago’s final homicide numbers for 2013 would be tallied? “They essentially wiped away one of the murders in the city, which is crazy,” says a police insider. “But that’s the kind of shit that’s going on.”

For the case of Tiara Groves is not an isolated one. Chicago conducted a 12-month examination of the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics going back several years, poring through public and internal police records and interviewing crime victims, criminologists, and police sources of various ranks. We identified 10 people, including Groves, who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents—all for illogical or, at best, unclear reasons.

This troubling practice goes far beyond murders, documents and interviews reveal. Chicago found dozens of other crimes, including serious felonies such as robberies, burglaries, and assaults, that were misclassified, downgraded to wrist-slap offenses, or made to vanish altogether. (We’ll examine those next month in part 2 of this special report.)

Many officers of different ranks and from different parts of the city recounted instances in which they were asked or pressured by their superiors to reclassify their incident reports or in which their reports were changed by some invisible hand. One detective refers to the “magic ink”: the power to make a case disappear. Says another: “The rank and file don’t agree with what’s going on. The powers that be are making the changes.”

Granted, a few dozen crimes constitute a tiny percentage of the more than 300,000 reported in Chicago last year. But sources describe a practice that has become widespread at the same time that top police brass have become fixated on demonstrating improvement in Chicago’s woeful crime statistics.

And has there ever been improvement. Aside from homicides, which soared in 2012, the drop in crime since Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy arrived in May 2011 is unprecedented—and, some of his detractors say, unbelievable. Crime hasn’t just fallen, it has freefallen: across the city and across all major categories.

Take “index crimes”: the eight violent and property crimes that virtually all U.S. cities supply to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for its Uniform Crime Report. According to police figures, the number of these crimes plunged by 56 percent citywide from 2010 to 2013—an average of nearly 19 percent per year—a reduction that borders on the miraculous. {snip}

This dramatic crime reduction has been happening even as the department has been bleeding officers. (A recent Tribune analysis listed 7,078 beat cops on the streets, 10 percent fewer than in 2011.) Given these facts, the crime reduction “makes no sense,” says one veteran sergeant. “And it makes absolutely no sense that people believe it. Yet people believe it.”

The city’s inspector general, Joseph Ferguson, may not. Chicago has learned that his office has questioned the accuracy of the police department’s crime statistics. A spokeswoman confirmed that the office recently finalized an audit of the police department’s 2012 crime data—though only for assault-related crimes so far—“to determine if CPD accurately classified [these categories of] crimes under its written guidelines and if it reported related crime statistics correctly.” (The audit found, among other things, that the department undercounted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent, based on the sample cases reviewed.)

Meanwhile, the see-no-evil, hear-no-evil pols on Chicago’s City Council have mostly accepted the police department’s crime numbers at face value. So have most in the media. You can hardly turn on the news without hearing McCarthy or Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaiming unquestioned: Murders down 18 percent in 2013! Overall crime down 23 percent! Twelve thousand fewer crime victims! “These days, everything is about media and public opinion,” says one longtime officer. “If a number makes people feel safe, then why not give it to them?”

{snip}

Still, it looked bad for Mayor Emanuel. His disapproval rating in the polls was rising sharply, particularly among black voters. Behind closed doors, according to a City Hall insider, Emanuel told his police chief that the department had better not allow a repeat performance of 2012 or McCarthy’s days in Chicago would be numbered. (Through a spokeswoman, the mayor declined to comment for this article.)

McCarthy called 2012’s homicide total [507] a “tragic number” and vowed that things would be different in 2013. The mindset inside police headquarters, recalls one officer: “Whatever you gotta do, this can’t happen again.”

The chief felt even more pressure than his rank and file may have realized. For the former New Yorker to prove that his policing strategies worked in Chicago, he would need to keep the number of murders not just below 2012’s total but also below 2011’s: 435.

To do so, McCarthy leaned even more heavily on a tool that has proved wildly successful in his hometown: CompStat. Borrowing performance-management principles from the business world, CompStat collects, analyzes, and maps a city’s crime data in real time. These statistics help police track trouble spots more accurately and pinpoint where officers are needed most. The department’s number crunchers can slice and dice the stats all sorts of ways, spitting out reports showing percentage changes in various crimes by neighborhood over different time frames, for example: month to month, week to week—heck, hour to hour.

Armed with those statistics, the police brass turn up the pressure in weekly meetings, grilling field commanders about crime in their areas. The statistics are widely said to make or break a career. “The only evaluation is the numbers,” says a veteran sergeant. “God forbid your crime is up. If you have a 20 percent reduction this month, you’d better have a 21 percent reduction the next month.”

{snip}

If the numbers are bad, the district commanders and officers get reamed out by McCarthy and the other bosses at headquarters. These targets frequently leave the meetings seething. Even McCarthy concedes that such meetings can get ugly. “When I was a commander in New York, it was full contact,” he told Chicago in 2012. “And if you weren’t careful, you could lose an eye.”

{snip}

In August—typically Chicago’s hottest month—the stress inside Chicago Police Department headquarters was palpable. That’s when several police insiders first told Chicago about what they called “the panel.”

Said to be made up of a small group of very high-level officers, the panel allegedly began scrutinizing death cases in which the victims didn’t die immediately or where the circumstances that led to the deaths couldn’t be immediately determined, sources say. Panel members were looking for anything that could be delayed, keeping it off the books for a week, a month, maybe a year. “Whatever the case may be, it had to wait until it came back from the panel,” says a well-placed police insider. “All this was to hide the murder numbers, that’s all they are doing.” (How many cases did get delayed, if any, is unknown.)

By the end of August the department had counted 286 homicides since January—80 fewer than in 2012.

With the summer all but behind them, the police brass pretty much knew that, barring some extraordinary crime wave, the year’s homicide count would not eclipse 2012’s. But 2013’s total this far was still eight more than recorded during the same period in 2011. For McCarthy, beating the 2011 number was starting to look like an elusive goal.

On September 19, two gun-toting gangbangers opened fire on a crowded pickup basketball game in Cornell Park, in the Back of the Yards neighborhood. One of them used an AK-47. When the bullets stopped flying, 13 people had been wounded, including a three-year-old boy. But no one died. A “miracle,” McCarthy said. (In the stats book, the shootings counted as only one “shooting incident” in CompStat. Read more about that in part 2 of this story.)

{snip}

The breakthrough happened in October. On the last day of the month, the 2013 year-to-date total was 352, versus 353 in 2011, by the department’s count. McCarthy had edged out 2011 by just one number.

October 31 also marked Superintendent McCarthy’s annual budget hearing before the Chicago City Council. He positioned himself in front of three giant charts: a set of blue bars illustrating how murders had dropped 20 percent over the past 10 months; a fever line plunging toward “40-year lows” in index crimes, particularly murders; and another blue bar chart highlighting a 15 percent drop in overall crime for 2013, again labeled the “lowest level in 40 years.”

Aldermen, some wearing Halloween costumes, gave these numbers about as much scrutiny as they had the epically disastrous parking meter deal. The daylong session was essentially a love fest. “You’ve done excellent work, and those charts say it all,” cheered Ariel Reboyras, alderman of the 30th Ward, on the city’s Northwest Side. “I say, numbers don’t lie.”

Latasha Thomas, of the 17th Ward, which includes high-crime Englewood on the South Side, encouraged McCarthy to dial up the good news. “I just think your PR needs to be a lot better,” she said. “We need to be shouting about what you are doing and not just throwing up these stats.”

“No doubt about it,” McCarthy replied.

But it wasn’t until the end of November that police leaders could breathe more easily. The official year-to-date homicide count was now 376. With just one month of 2013 remaining, it now seemed a safe bet that the total wouldn’t top 2011’s count of 435.

But why settle there? According to police insiders, McCarthy and his deputies now hungered to reach a new goal: to keep 2013’s number of homicides below 400, the lowest level since before Americans first landed on the moon. “They wanted to really have the big headline,” says a detective. Every homicide mattered. Including Patrick Walker’s.

Just after 5 a.m. on November 29, the day after Thanksgiving, a 2012 Chevy sedan with four men inside sped along a residential street in the Pill Hill neighborhood on the city’s Far South Side. Driving conditions were good: clear, no ice, no snow. Yet the car suddenly veered off the road near the intersection of 93rd and Constance, sliding into the opposite lane, clipping a parked vehicle, sailing over the curb, and bashing into a light pole. It stopped only after hitting a tree.

When police got to the car, they found that the three passengers had suffered only minor injuries. However, the driver, a 22-year-old named Patrick Walker, was unresponsive, according to the police report. Officers assumed that he had suffered serious head trauma in the accident. An early case report from the medical examiner’s office said that “brain matter” was found on the steering wheel.

The young man was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he died two hours later. Police told the Tribune that “alcohol was suspected as a factor in the crash.”

Later that day, however, an autopsy showed that Walker had not died from the accident. He had been killed by a single gunshot to his right temple.

Interestingly, the Sun-Times had already reported that police found one of Walker’s passengers, Ivery Isom, 22, with a loaded Glock 9 mm and a 20-round ammunition clip at the accident scene. Police also found a bullet shell in the back seat, according to the police report. (Isom was charged with two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. He pled not guilty; at presstime, his next court appearance was scheduled for April 28.)

On November 30, a pathologist deferred the cause and manner of Walker’s death “pending police investigation.” That means the autopsy is inconclusive until the police further investigate the circumstances of his death.

Walker’s death certificate, filed with the Cook County clerk’s office, says that he was murdered. No one disputes that he died from a bullet in his brain. But at presstime—four months after the shooting—the public record shows Walker’s case inexplicably classified not as a homicide but as a death investigation.

That means, according to the department’s own records, Walker’s killing is not included in the city’s 2013 homicide total.

In mid-December, McCarthy and Emanuel called a news conference to highlight the release of a report from a professor at Yale University. It had found that Chicago was on track to have its lowest homicide rate since 1967 and its lowest violent crime rate for nearly as long. “This is not just 2013 against 2012,” Emanuel told the Sun-Times. “This is 2013 against the last 40 years. That is what is significant.”

Standing in front of a poster-size map showing the drops in overall crime in all of the city’s 22 police districts, the mayor and the superintendent then took questions.

“Have you changed the way you measure statistics?” one reporter asked.

“I don’t buy the premise of the question,” Emanuel answered and quickly moved on.

The reporter persisted: “Has the police department changed the way they measure it?”

“The answer is no,” McCarthy jumped in. “There’s something called a Uniform Crime Report, which is the national standard by which we record crime. So that’s the answer, no.”

Well . . . not exactly. Two weeks earlier, in fact, various media outlets had reported details of an odd change in how Chicago’s police department was counting “delayed homicides”—those in which there is a time lag between injury and death. “To meet federal and state guidelines,” the Sun-Times said, police reviewed all murders in 2013 and 2012. “Under those guidelines, a murder should be classified in the year the person was injured, and not in the year the person died.”

Huh? There were never any changes to federal guidelines, a FBI spokesman told Chicago. The standards of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program make it crystal clear that a homicide should be reported in the year of the victim’s death.

Next we called the Illinois Uniform Crime Report—a one-person office within the state police department that collects statistics from law enforcement agencies in Illinois—to check whether the state rule on delayed homicides had changed in 2013. The staffer told us that it hadn’t; that delayed homicides in Illinois have always been counted in the year of injury.

Confused? So were we. So we e-mailed Adam Collins, the director of news affairs for the Chicago Police Department. He e-mailed back: “In late 2013 . . . CPD began working to bring the city into stricter adherence with federal reporting standards. The Unified Crime Reporting System dictates each agency follow their state reporting procedures for federal reporting. According to Illinois reporting procedures, murders where the injury and death occurred in different years are to be tracked to the year of the incident, and CPD had for years been including these incidents in the wrong year.”

However, every Chicago police leader, officer, and administrator with whom we spoke says that hasn’t been the department’s practice. It’s not a murder until the injured person dies, they point out. Before then, it’s an aggravated battery. “CPD is interpreting the state guidelines incorrectly,” says an expert source on Chicago Police Department statistics. “It’s a numbers game.”

Welcome to the Dali-esque world of Chicago crime reporting.

No matter who you believe, it’s clear that the department did change the way in which it counts delayed homicides—but only for the years in which McCarthy has been in charge. It subtracted four murders from the 2013 total, according to Collins. And it subtracted seven murders from 2012, five in which the injuries occurred in 2011.

Did the department add back those five murders to 2011? It doesn’t appear so. Remember that there were 435 homicides in 2011, according to the 2012 year-end CompStat report. But at presstime, the City of Chicago’s own public data portal listed only 434 homicides in 2011.

{snip}

New Year’s revelry was still in full swing on January 1, 2014, when the Chicago Police Department sent out an e-mail blast just after 2 a.m. The subject line: “Chicago Ends 2013 at Historic Lows in Crime and Violence, More Work Remains.”

Despite the measured tone of that last phrase, the chest thumping was deafening: “fewest murders since 1965”; “lowest murder rate since 1966”; “lowest overall crime rate since 1972”; “fewest robberies, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts and arsons in recorded history.” And on and on, percentage after percentage, statistic after statistic after statistic.

But try this: Add back the 10 cases Chicago found that, if classified as sources say they should have been, would have counted as homicides. (There may be more.) Add back the four homicides that occurred on Chicago’s expressways. Add, too, the four delayed homicides that the department had stripped out in December. What you get is not 414 murders in 2013, but at least 432.

What you also get is the kind of public record that every Chicagoan deserves. Not to mention the knowledge that police are doing their jobs. The killers of Tiara Groves, Tiffany Jones, Maurice Harris, Michelle Manalansan, Millicent Brown-Johnson, Jovan Perkins, and Patrick Walker may remain on the streets. As long as their deaths are not considered homicides, that’s unlikely to change, detectives say.

{snip}

The second part of this special report, which focuses on other violent crimes and on property crime, will run in the June 2014 issue.

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  • When teachers’ jobs and pay are predicated on the test scores of their students, and their students happen to be low IQ NAMs, of course there’s a huge incentive to cheat.

    When cops’ jobs depend on lowering the violent crime rate, and their jurisdictions include some of the worst Bell Curve Cities around, of course there’s a huge incentive to cheat and muck around with the stats.

    • Evette Coutier

      Teacher performance should be measured against the average IQ of their students. Likewise, police performance should be measured against the population they serve.

      • Jesse_from_Sweden

        The value of an educator should of course be measured in how much he or she improves the scores of the students.

        And by that I don’t mean from year to year, but that you measure the students knowledge and skills at the start of the year and then at the end of the year and see how much they have learned during that time.

        This should then be put into correlation with overall school statistics etc.

        It’s ridiculous to expect even a great teacher to be able to raise up dumb students to smart students, it just doesn’t happen.
        What they can do is make sure their students learn more during their time with them compared to the school average.

        When it comes to police performance, things get harder.
        They are already measured against the population they serve. Chicago is struggling to compare with historical Chicago numbers, not with Seattle numbers.
        Of course, that doesn’t take into context things such as demographic change and from the looks of it they only care about total numbers as well, rather than per capita statistics.

        • Fathercoughlin

          With blacks if you have kept them from being killed ( by their own kind o’course) you’ve probably gone far above and beyond what is reasonably required.

      • MBlanc46

        Well said.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Barack O’Bonobo and his Chicago thugs have been cooking the books ever since they took over the joint. Maybe ‘cooking-the-books’ was inspired from Cook County?

      • Reverend Bacon

        Another great point. The whole “deporter in chief” really fooled all those liberals. He just counts the ones he turns away at the borders, too. No one else ever did that.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          No shame. Lawlessness.

    • MBlanc46

      Quite right. The cop bosses are bureaucrats just trying to keep their jobs. There’s no way that they can keep the Negroes from shooting at each other and it’s really unfair of us to expect that they should. We ought to make the cops’ goal to keep the Negro crime out of downtown and the white neighborhoods and not concern ourselves overmuch with what they do to each other in “their” neighborhoods.

  • Luca

    Are you going to believe Liberal politicians or your lying eyes, ears and brains?

    • boot70

      Exactly dear God it is there right in front of our noses,if i as a white man were to take a late night stroll around enriched areas of any of our major cities i would be lucky to come out alive,many parts of London the police will not go in on foot.

  • blight14

    Again, America doesn’t have a ‘gun problem’, we have a demographics problem. Perhaps we should contemplate a total repeal of the 2nd amendment for those groups that have proven time and again to be unable or unwilling to abide by the rules.

    • Jim Kental

      Amen!

    • Urbane Neanderthal

      True!

      Also it’s not hard to show that statistically blacks are more dangerous than assault rifles.

    • Anon

      You do realize that guns are something white people use to defend themselves against crime. Black criminals prefer knives and clubs about 3 to 1 instead of handguns. Your average black simply isn’t smart enough to make effective use of a gun…to the point that, should you every have to confront one you should realize you are probably perfectly safe, your attacker simply too stupid and incompetent to actually hit you. If you just run away, I can practically guarantee you will get away without a scratch despite him emptying the clip in your general direction (the random people around you….not so much).
      A typical attack by blacks involves a group, with improvised weapons, incompetent fighting against helpless (safe) opponents, preferably by surprise.
      You could effectively remove all guns from the hands of blacks and not change things one damn bit.
      It’s this issue of surprise and attack against helpless old people and women and children that is the real issue. If we would re-institutionalize the idea that blacks are not allowed in white neighborhoods and that so much as seeing a black person means they are up to violent crime, victimization of whites would drop to zero. The police would simply return blacks to their own neighborhoods or arrest them long before they came across the opportunity to mug, rape, then kill a little old lady as they all want to.
      In the past, we were simply honest about this and acted on this knowledge so blacks basically had zero opportunity. In the last generation though, we pretend blacks deserve the benefit of the doubt. And they stab us right in the back (literally….a black is FAR more likely to role up on your from behind with a knife then confront you face to face with a gun).
      Of course, as part of a general black out of black on white crime and an (massively lolfailed) attempt to brainwash whites into thinking crime is a gun control issue, none of this is focused in the media. 99% of crime is simply treated as if it doesn’t exist. What ends up on TV is the very rare, usually manufactured crime by white people. Usually, an attempt is made to focus only on “guns”.
      As you began to say, we have a demographics problem, not a gun problem.

    • Reverend Bacon

      I think I’d trade the 2nd for the 14th in a heartbeat. And then, I’d just order a Diet Coke.

      • blight14

        There are a couple of them I’d like to see repealed…….our altruism may be our downfall……….

    • MooTieFighter

      Guns don’t kill people, blacks kill people.

    • jayvbellis

      Very well said. Libertarian, Constitutionalist idealism, “Rights” can not be offered to the Black underclass.

      We need the laws of Manu
      Jim Crow Sundown Laws
      yeah Apartheid laws

      Pretty much everything Israel now does to African asylum invaders.

  • Jim Kental

    Another once-great white American city now a third-world kill zone not fit for humans. It’s amazing at how white liberals rush to mitigate these scenarios with the same old “socio-economic” excuses. By the way, I’m currently rereading Orwell’s 1984, and it really describes the modern west perfectly. We do have liberal thought-control, new-speak, double-speak in full operation now. Why should we be surprised, the newsmedia still says that we are in an economic “recovery”…… although Bush-43 had a far better economy yet they said that the sky was falling.

    • David Ashton

      Newspeak, and also Prolefeed.

    • sbuffalonative

      The left considers ‘1984’ to be an instruction manual.

      • Conrad

        The cure for 1984 is 1776.

    • Anon

      Best to not bring up 1984 because the cold hard truth of the matter is, we don’t really have any of that.
      It just isn’t necessary. The vast majority of whites, spend all day long, every day (despite their conceit of not liking to be told what to do), obeying their masters like dogs.
      1984 implies heavily that a lot of time, effort and energy is necessary to maintain such a sick totalitarian mind control system. The truth is, those doing it don’t expend hardly any effort at all. In fact, almost anyone can get instant access to the truth on any thing at any time.
      But they’d rather just be told what to do by the TV.

  • Daniel Schmuhl

    Statistical literacy is important, but you should also be skeptical of statistics. I think a lot of people, especially social *scientists* are too often fooled by statistics.

    “A witty statesman said, you might prove anything by figures.”- Thomas Carlyle

    • Reverend Bacon

      Statistical literacy is defined, at least partially, as being skeptical of statistics. Concepts like autocorrelation, post hoc ergo propter hoc, and heteroskedasticity are largely unknown to the charlatans who quote statistics. Those who understand statistics are less likely to be fooled.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Hmm, remember this one?
    CHICAGO TRIBUNE Opinion
    Race and the ‘flash mob’ attacks
    June 08, 2011-Steve Chapman

    Here’s my question about the teenagers who have been attacking and robbing people on North Michigan Avenue in recent days: Were they Christians? And if so, what denomination? Baptist? Catholic? Seventh Day Adventist?

    Those may sound like ridiculous questions. But so is the question raised by many Tribune readers about our coverage: Why aren’t we mentioning that the culprits are black?

    There are good reasons not to identify the attackers by race. It’s the newspaper’s sound general policy not to mention race in a story, whether about crime or anything else, unless it has some clear relevance to the topic.

    If a reporter goes out and interviews people about the weather, would it make sense for the story to say, “Joe Smith, who is black, is hoping for a cool front”? If a pedestrian gets run over by a bicyclist, should the story mention that the rider was white?

    In the attack coverage, what difference does race make, unless police are putting out descriptions or sketches in hopes of getting tips from witnesses? Getting beat up for your iPad, I suspect, feels about the same regardless of the color of the thieves. Police don’t seem to think victims were targeted because of their race.

    And what good would it do to trumpet the skin color of the thugs? So pedestrians on Michigan Avenue can run away when they see two or more African-Americans? Lots of black adolescents and young adults can be found on the Magnificent Mile on any given day. I’d guess at least 95 percent of them are harmless.

    My question to readers accusing us of political correctness is: Why do you care so much about the attackers’ race? If you fear or dislike blacks, I suppose it would confirm your prejudice. But otherwise, it tells you nothing useful.

    • IstvanIN

      How many times have we heard that Glenn Miller is a white-supremacist?

      • blight14

        That will be uttered ad infinitum…….and then some…………

    • Tarczan

      The nut who shot up the Jewish center seems to be getting plenty of coverage for being white. I thought it didn’t matter.

    • JDInSanD

      “I’d guess at least 95 percent of them are harmless”

      Not good enough for me.

      • blight14

        I caught that too……

    • Reverend Bacon

      That’s probably what the tobacco companies used to say before it was proven that smoking causes cancer. “Joe smith died of lung cancer,” the papers would say, but mentioning that he was a smoker would only “confirm your prejudice” if you “fear or dislike smoking.”

    • blight14

      Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt. I submit that the ‘media’ may be as much of a threat to our survival as anything else we face. That this ziobot can say so casually is disgusting.

    • jayvbellis

      Steve Chapman is a total &$@

      He’s an openly homosexual, open borders immigration propagandist , who always covers for the worst Black crimes. Yet, he’s presented as the Tribune’s Conservative voice.

      Open borders immigration, gay libertarians are presented as the only socially acceptable form of Conservatism in the mainstream media.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Given that the city is controlled by members of the Tribe such as Emmanuel, why would they bother prosecuting the perpetrators? If Jews were being killed, you would see a very vigorous response, but the lives of everyone else mean nothing to them.

    • jayvbellis

      Not fair.

      The tribe isn’t murdering anyone in my Chicago.

      Rahm has done a decent job, the alternative is Black underclass.

      We have no Paleo Conservative, white GOP here. Never have had any.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Isn’t Uncle Rahm also shaking down the U.S. taxpayers for a $Billion dollar bail-out? Old habits die hard. Oy!

      • Anon

        Sure you do….they all live in Naperville and commute in for work.

        • TL2014

          Who is “they”?
          Naperville is not the most Jewish area in Chicago. That would be the north side plus northern suburbs.

      • Laura Dilworth

        He tries to stand up to the teachers’ union

      • MBlanc46

        It’s a one party state and has been for years. As far as the Repubs go, there’s the old saying, “In Chicago, the Democrats are the Republicans”. The Repubs in the suburbs are perfectly happy with the Machine, because the Machine has cut them in for years. In fact, at the mayoral level, the elections “nonpartisan”.

    • “Weapon monopoly for criminals? No!”

    • blight14

      Correct, period. Lets see how much coverage we’re bathed in regarding Kansas City…..it will be endless.

    • TL2014

      Actually, before Rahm there were the Daleys, Harold Washington, and a whole lotta hacktivists who de facto control city politics. The city used to be a turf war between democrat Catholics and blacks, pretty much. Jewish presence in Chicago is not concentrated in politics. Rahm is just a generic a-hole.

      By the way, if you are interested in finding out more about the destruction of Chicago, read about the Chicago Catholics. They produced gems like Rev. Pfleger who goes around preaching hatred against whites, and their leaders endorse far-left causes like gay marriage (heard of Gov Quinn?) in betrayal of their base.

      I don’t know how anyone can take the Catholic Church seriously anymore, especially in Chicago.

    • Laura Dilworth

      Kelli O’Laughlin was 14 yrs old in Oct 2011 when she came home from school during a robbery. The perp stabbed her to death. He still hasn’t gone to trial. (Western Springs, Il) He has a private attorney working pro bono. He’s had countless hearings, motions, ad nauseum. No national news.

  • IstvanIN

    Government statistics:
    The economy is improving.
    Third world immigrants add more to the tax base than they take.
    Whites, blacks and Hispanics are equally intelligent.
    Whites are still the majority in America.
    Crime is dropping.
    We have massive global climate change.

    I am sure someone can thin of more. All lies.

    • Reverend Bacon

      “War is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.”

    • blight14

      “We have a staunch ally in the middle east”

  • Chicago–the city that produced Obama, Bill Ayers, Rev. Wright, Mooshelle, and Rahm. A city of murder, lies, and liars. Isn’t falsifying data a crime? How can this criminality by politicians be stopped? Or should we just give up and hunker down until every shred of civilized behavior disappears?

    • TL2014

      It can only be stopped if citizens start voting appropriately. Chicago voters are so overwhelmingly brainwashed into leftist dogma than the Republican Party meetings here barely attract a few dozen attendees. Also, there is apparently a new idiot trying to run for mayor who wants more “sensitivity training” for police and more money for “youth programs”. He is a police veteran. On FB, there were at leas10 commenters saying they’d vote for him within minutes of the post.

      That’s how stupid the local electorate is. I’m sorry to say the city deserves what it gets. Good and hard.

  • sbuffalonative

    A few years back, the Buffalo News had to take action to deal with all the ‘racist’ comments on their website.

    They completely redesigned the site making it difficult to find crime stories which used to appear in the Top Most Read section. There was also a Crime section which has been removed.

    The three local TV stations have very recently redesigned their websites and making it difficult to track stories.

    These people are working to hide the facts from us. They know who’s committing these crimes and they’re trying to hide the truth.

    • JDInSanD

      Fox is worse. They simply got rid of the comments section. I used to really enjoy ripping apart the stories on latino.foxnews.

      • blight14

        I noted that a while back, hmmm, they don’t seem to allow comments on FN ‘Latino’….I’ve never seen commenting as an option on that *&^% part of Fox. Gosh, I wonder why?

  • MekongDelta69

    All signs pointed to foul play.

    Nooooooooooo – reeeeeeeeeally??? What an incisive, intelligent and ‘deep’ conclusion that is.

    • Anon

      Lately Chicago has been giving them all jobs….working as “police” officers. Drug sales are way, way up now that everyone can identify the local drug dealers by the nifty uniforms they all wear.

  • Martel

    2014 is a good year. Recent reports show that police in France, the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK have done the same thing. All in the same period, the last months basically, which shows there is some pressure on the system emerging.

  • dcc2379

    Just lie and deny. No where in Chicago, including Navy Pier, is safe. There are shootings and mahogany mobs all over town, even on Michigan Avenue. The police have cut over 4,000 positions in the padt five years. Chicago Police Officers operate the blog City Confidential. Avoid the new Pretoria. I haven’t vacationed there in over six years.

  • Urbane Neanderthal

    Makes you wonder what the actual black offender rate of homicide rate would be without the fraud.

    • Reverend Bacon

      Yes, especially since the unsolved ones don’t count in either camp, but those are almost always for the blue line on your chart. Omerta.

  • evilsandmich

    I’ve seen anecdotal (perhaps very) evidence that crimes in Cleveland will go unfilled/underfiled if there’s no chance of conviction (such as yoots disappearing after beating YT). I’m sure the same thing goes for Chicago if not more so .

    I once read a screed in a libertarian mag about how police forces are at best a waste of time and money and advocated community self policing . I guess the left and libertarians prefer pitchfork wielding mobs in the end, but at least libertarians are honest about it.

    • Anon

      You act like there ever has been a time in human history where professional agents of violence have EVER been effective in dealing with criminals. The complete opposite is true. ONLY armed civilians have ever effectively dealt with crime.
      This is real easy to see in the US. Crime is highly inversely correlated with gun ownership. There are several interesting instances where gun ownership was made compulsory and crime went in those neighborhoods from very high to almost non-existent.

      • jayvbellis

        Nonsense. Typical, race denying Libertarian nonsense.

        Homogeneous Nordic countries like Finland, Norway Sweden – before Sweden welcomed a Black, Muslim immigrants – these societies had extremely law crime rates and few citizens walked around armed with guns.

        Singapore is still very safe, low crime and has extremely strict laws against hard drugs, strict laws against carrying guns.

        Successful, safe Singapore refutes the anything goes American Libertarian propaganda that they and only they know THE TRUTH.

  • Anon

    This article is HILARIOUS. It basically accuses the Chicago police of the naughty behavior of fudging crime statistics while completely ignoring the fact that large chunks of the Chicago police have been taken over by gangs and are no longer engaged in anything even remotely related to policework. The REASON these numbers are at an all time low is the “police” are throwing any police type paperwork straight in the trash and getting down to their real business of selling drugs right out of the police cars. Occasionally, the FBI runs a sting and arrests entire Chicago police departments but nothing serious is being done to change any of this. For their part, no one who lives in these areas cares at all. Occasionally, outsiders (white outsiders) will at least notice say, that there is no mail delivery because anyone foolish enough to try and deliver mail in these neighborhoods is shot dead and the “police” laugh about it.

    • BrownStone

      Keep two things in your head. The reason why crime is getting controlled is because Rahm Emanuel drives out poor black people from the city by slashing social programs and force them out by gentrify their neighborhoods. He wants to get the poor and black out so he can say that he can in a future presidential election say the saved the city of Chicago. The liberals in San Francisco have done it for years – they are all in loved with ethnic diversity and liberal causes but not in their city. Keep things aside. If I go and kiss some homosexual liberal hippie and celebrate gay people – liberals will like me but it cost me nothing financially and they will still vote for me when I make it expensive for people with lower incomes to live in the city. Liberals care more about gay people being able to marry or adopt children than they care about poverty and social justice.

  • Conrad

    I know of a way that they can improve their statistics & make everybody happy at the same time. Anytime, a non-white kills a non-white, list it as an accident. the result would be a 90% drop in crime. Voila – everybody is happy.

  • willbest

    Its okay, Chicago now has conceal carry, a few justifiable shootings and the crime stats should improve without having to fudge them.

  • Mrfinoni

    If the truth gets out it will cost Chicago Billions and billions of dollars of investment in the city. I could become another Detroit! They have to lie because the political will to solve the real problem does not exist. Its Lie or Die!!

    • BrownStone

      Chicago was violent and corrupt even in the 1880 and has continued to be so throughout history. Detroit was in the 1950 the richest city in United States but it wealth was built around the automobile industry. When the industries left Detroit – whites and later middle class blacks left the city. Ethnic diversity can work pretty well when there are a large amount of well paid jobs even for non-skilled workers. When there were nothing to hold the able working class and the middle class in Detroit – all the hard working people got out and diversity failed rapidly. Chicago had a diversified economy and so they have survived because there was an incitement for people to stay.

      As you may have noticed in Chicago – the South Side and West Side is dying but North side and Downtown Chicago is getting gentrified by mostly white middle class. Rahm Emanuel is planning to do the same to Chicago as Rudolph W. Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg planned and did in New York – get the black and poor outside the city limits. He does this by slashing budgets for social programs and put the money into white upper middle class communities. Emanuel is no Coleman Young and has some political ambitions. So long he cheer liberal social causes like celebrating the gay community they will continue to voting for him. In the same time he will do nothing that actually hurt gentrification of the city. If Emanuel succeeded doing what Giuliani and Bloomberg did in New York – he will have a chance getting that presidential nomination.

  • Bill Moore

    Hello,

    I quit reading about half way through the article.

    Crime reporting is not mandatory. A “crime report” is submitted for each time period, but reporting all crime is not mandatory. There is no enforcement procedure. The crime report is adjusted to make the city look safe.

    A couple of years ago, I was a witness to a daylight murder of a Jewish fellow by four Africans. I was right across the street along with several other witnesses. The police arrived within a minute. They threw the body and his umbrella into the ambulance, and left. There was no effort made to come across the street to question witnesses. The murder was not reported in the news. I asked some police officers about that, and they told me that most crime is not reported because it makes the city look bad.

    A similar incident took place two weeks later.

    Bill Moore

    • jayvbellis

      Which city was this?

      • Bill Moore

        Pittsburgh. PA

  • JackKrak

    This is why I can’t get a job as a journalist. My version would be – “The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates – Black People Did It”

  • MooTieFighter

    I knew this was coming. These pesky stats keep validating the high crime committed by blacks. The only option is to lie and deny. I suspect this is going to start seeping into ALL crime stats (DOJ,FBI,etc…).

  • MooTieFighter

    This happens on local levels all over the country, especially the black communities

  • Ringo Lennon

    When you criticize blacks for this behavior somehow your the no good one. Go figure. It’s like down is up and up is down.

    • TXCriollo

      They will stop thinking this way when it affects them. See for years they could push it to outta sight outta mind, but its going into their neighborhood. Their savior obama made a lot of changes, my uncle is liberal and lives in chicago. He was never the biggest fan of blacks, but he always felt like they were needing of help. Well he has kids in the cps system he lives in a white liberal enclave, obama made some changes and now the school is getting diverse funny how liberal views change when it affects them.

  • jayvbellis

    Let’s meet and greet other Amren readers in metro Chicago.