Chicago had 781 homicides in 2016. 2020 could top that number.
Chicago 1998: 704 homicides. Chicago 2016: 781 homicides.
Data from the medical examiner’s office shows that 2020 might become Chicago’s deadliest year.
The Chicago Sun-Times analyzed the data. Chicago has already seen 694 homicides this year. There were 680 homicides in 2016 during the same time period.
However, the medical examiner’s office has 715 homicides in 2020. The Chicago Sun-Times does not include “police-involved shootings and other self-defense shootings” unlike the medical examiner.
Chicago, which has strict gun laws, also has 53% more shootings in 2020 than in 2019 during this time period.
The city has already hit milestones when it comes to homicides.
May 31 was the deadliest day in Chicago in 60 years. 18 murders occurred in a span of 24 hours.
Record gun violence happened during Father’s Day weekend with 104 shooting victims and 14 fatalities. Five minors died, including a 3-year-old boy.
It had its deadliest September since the early 1990s with 81 homicides, only three fewer than the 84 in September 1993.
October’s first weekend started off with 37 shootings and five fatalities.
Chicago Police Department Superintendent David Brown wants Chicago to keep the homicide number below 300. The city has not had that number in 60 years.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other Democrats consistently blame states with “virtually no gun control” on gun violence. It’s everyone’s fault except those in charge of Chicago.
Brown thinks the violence happens because the justice system “lets offenders out too soon.” He said the police must arrest violent offenders and keep them in prison.
But on the bright side other crime has fallen in the Windy City:
Despite rising gun violence, police say other crime has decreased in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the city. Overall crime fell 7% during the first 10 months of 2020 compared with the same time last year, the department said. The largest reduction in crime was theft, which dropped 27% from last year.
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