Murder rate drops, Mayor Emanuel says Chicago can do better

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy are under intense pressure to do more about violent crime in Chicago.

They spoke Monday about a significant decrease in the February and March murder rates over the same period last year, but say more can be done.

The month of March had 36 fewer murders than the previous year, a 69 percent reduction over March of 2012.

It’s the lowest total since 1959.

McCarthy says there is no one thing making police successful this year.

He says the targeted police saturation community based policing and intervention programs, among other initiatives, can all be credited with making a difference.

Emanuel and McCarthy both stress this is simply a start.  “This is not a victory,” said McCarthy, “Zero murders would be a victory.  But this is certainly progress.”

Mayor Emanuel says really making a change in homicides and gun violence in the state and the city of Chicago will depend on stronger legislation.

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  • Rahm's brotha in law

    don't forget to credit horse dung statistic and headline manipulation. mob action? where when? nothing happened…..crime is down and dropping as temperatures rise…

  • One that knows

    Look at the average temp for march last year compared to this year. When the warm wearther arrives the murder count will climb back up to the numbers that we are use to.

    • Fed up

      It's sad that we are "used to" the murder rate going up. I guess that is what you get when you have a city with a bunch of gangs and animals in it. You can't blame the police, they can only do so much. Then, when they try doing their job, they're called racist, or the people who know information about a killing won't come forward. We can't help them, the police can't help them, the government can't help them. The only solution is for the people of these neighborhoods to help themselves.

  • joe

    With most of the police department working in the disfunctional neighborhoods to try and curb violence and the summer getting closer with all the special events starting up(Cub/Sox games, Taste of every neighborhood, Art fairs, Runs/Marathons, parades, Lakefront activities and shows). And with the continued decline of the Gold Coast, I just hope there are a few police officers available to work in my neighborhood on the northwest side where I live. Just a few, that's all we ask for.

    • Fed up

      I hope so too. You're a tax payer. It's sad that the people who do pay taxes aren't offered police protection, because the cops are too busy in the ghetto babysitting the people that pay the least amount of taxes. Shame on you for making something of yourself, and not living off of the government in the ghetto!

  • Spec investigator

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, just think your next careers could be in juggling and standup comedy. The citizens know that going on, feel what's going on and don't like what's going on. No amount of sugar coating and story telling is going to convince anyone the streets are safer, the public transit is safer, nothing is safer.

  • spoolie

    I can't stress the need for forced labor camps to deal with the crime situation. You can work them as long as you want, you don't pay them anything, and we will be able to compete in the world labor market. Now thats a win win solution.

    • Fed up

      I have always thought if you make prison unbearable, people won't want to go back. Also, the infrastructure of illinois is falling apart. With inmates, you have free labor! Make them earn the $38k a year in tax dollars that we have to pay to house them. No more laying around all day, reading books and taking classes in prison. Make them work!

  • toronto416

    The problem in Chicago is that 'the good people' who obey concealed-carry laws, should they defend themselves against a large group like this, would be killed by the blacks in the Chicago Jail. Everyone knows this and that's why it would never happen.
    You have to drive these people out – that's how you lower crime. Minneapolis did it by raising rents to unbearable highs – it's like $1200 for a studio apartment in Minneapolis, and waiting lists for public housing are 10-15 years long. People with no intentions of ever doing anything aren't going to work at staying in a place where there's no free lunch.
    There does need to be a return of military schools, and an easier way to amend constitutional rights to permanently revoke parental custody and send these kids to military schools in places like North Dakota and Alaska until age 25. I guarantee you they won't be pulling this garbage in states where the nearest city is 600 miles away, and their days are spent working 10 hours stacking boxes only to have them dumped and kicked at the end of the day, so they can do it all over again the next day. These kids think they're terrific, they need to be dehumanized and emasculated into the people they really are so they don't return to the savage ways of their families. There were residential schools like this 100 years ago; they need to be reopened for kids like this.

  • vicente lopez

    WHAT ABOUT THE WEATHER??? Last March was A LOT more warmer, with a lot MORE people in the Streets, in the parks, gang members looking for other gang members to kill. THIS last March was extremely COLD with heavy snow and WINTER STORMS, with NOONE in the streets, streets closed because of heavy snow, gang members hiding in their houses from the COLD and the SNOW. If the pople stay at home there is NO street cirme! Talk to be about the July and August numbers!

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