Report: CPD did not count a quarter of 2012 assault victims

Chicago police did not count about a quarter of the aggravated assault and aggravated battery victims in its crime statistics in 2012, a year in which the city was under a national microscope because of rising violence, an audit by the city’s top watchdog found.

The department failed to follow state guidelines by counting each aggravated assault or battery as one incident, not each victim as it should have , leading to the under-reporting because of all the incidents that involved more than one victim.

That means that Chicago statistics on aggravated assaults and aggravated batteries, which include shootings in which someone was wounded but not killed, were under-reported to the Illinois State Police and FBI.

The 24-page report by the inspector general’s office focused on Chicago’s crime statistics for 2012, a year when soaring homicides brought unflattering national attention to the city. During news conferences throughout that year, police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Mayor Rahm Emanuel tried to deflect attention away from the rise in killings – which hit the 500-mark for only the second time in a decade – by consistently emphasizing the drop in overall crime.

The report took a look at a sampling of 383 “assault-related crimes” and found that there were 95 total victims in the 72 aggravated assault and aggravated battery incidents reported to the state police. That meant that Chicago police underreported the number of victims for those crimes by 24 percent because the department did not follow the state’s crime reporting guidelines that require that each victim be counted.

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7 comments

  • Chas

    I find your article to be factual. I base that on the sheer facts that in the last couple years, all we have seen is more fines, more city assets sold or leased, more taxes and eveytime the police chief, mayor get on the news it is constant minization of the facts and a faux presentation that everything is going in the right positive direction. Oh how not true, at least this comes to light. I hope and pray they do not misrepresent the actual crime numbers in the city this year. Also the city do the right thing and ask state and federal offices for help in keeping our children as well as adults safer this year. Shame on them.

  • Just sayin

    Typical. The government cooking the books. Same reason the murder rate is down. They classify it as something else.

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