View Full Version : Chicago Police Accused of Cooking Lower Crime Stats

04-21-2014, 03:22 PM

A loud debate about crime statistics is taking place in Chicago as 2014 gets underway. The Police Department is claiming that it has helped lower crime, as statistics are down all across the board over last year. But others claim that the ultra cold and snowy Winter weather Chicago just experienced is what held crime down, not any particular efforts by the Chicago PD. More ominously, others say the police are actually cooking the stats.

Last week, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy claimed that his department was "making progress" on defeating crime and pointed to the lower rates as proof.

Not everyone is accepting McCarthy's claims as given.

Many say the weather was the main factor, not the police. Their case is bolstered by the fact that during the first weekend of the year favored by moderate weather, violence in Chicago exploded with 35 shootings in only 36 hours.

But others see something more nefarious in the falling crime rates than just an oppressive Winter. A new investigative report by Chicago Magazine claims that Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy are cooking the stats to make it appear that crime is falling when in fact it is not.

The magazine says that murders and violent crimes are being reported in ways that hide them from accumulated statistics.

In one case, for instance, a woman was murdered but because her corpse had so many different injuries the coroner couldn't determine exactly which one killed her. But instead of classifying the death as a murder, the Chicago police classified the death as a "noncriminal death." How could a clear murder be called a "noncriminal death"? According to police, it was because they coroner didn't specify what injury killed her.

"With the stroke of a computer key, she was airbrushed out of Chicago’s homicide statistics," Chicago Magazine notes.

In another case a man was found severely beaten. He died a few days after being taken to the hospital. Instead of classifying his death as a result of a criminal act, police classified the cause of his death as “diabetes.”

These weren't the only cases the magazine found, either.

04-21-2014, 03:48 PM
Anyone ever see "Freakonomics"?

Japan does something very similar with its murder statistics. If a body is found with bullet holes and a murderer can not be identified, its not classified as a murder because there is no conviction, thus it is an "unsolved death", which doesnt count as a Murder. Or something like that.

It should come as no suprise to anyone that every stat that Govt releases is probably completely cooked.

Anti Federalist
04-21-2014, 03:57 PM
"Clearly, this shows we need more police officers on our streets." - Boobus.

04-21-2014, 03:58 PM
Just try to FOIA raw crime data from Chicago. They have 3rd parties collect and maintain, so they can claim that the city does not have access to this data, and therefore are not required to furnish the data.

04-21-2014, 04:04 PM
I heard this on the radio this morning.

They were saying how 90% of the shootings were gang related and how one of the coldest snowiest winters on record had nothing to do with fewer murders this year.

Dozens of shootings on the nicest weekend of the year this weekend? Nope. That's (nice weather) got nothing to do with it.

And of course the answer is to punish the law abiding.

04-21-2014, 04:24 PM
Grace Sampson: Nothing. It assesses us. The test scores go up, they can say the schools are improving. The scores stay down, they can't.

Roland 'Prezbo' Pryzbylewski: Juking the stats.

Grace Sampson: Excuse me?

Roland 'Prezbo' Pryzbylewski: Making robberies into larcenies. Making rapes disappear. You juke the stats, and majors become colonels. I've been here before.