Believe it or not, 25 people were shot this past weekend in Chicago, and that is an improvement over rates from this time last year. In a city that has been left shaken, a violent weekend is now overshadowing a report that Chicago’s March homicide rate is down 69 percent from this time last year.
Although many believe the drop in numbers are due to unseasonably low temperatures, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy provided and alternate explanation: “It’s not one thing, it’s everything we do. It has to do with our deployment; it has to do with saturation deployment, which we started in early February; it has to do with accountability; it has to do with putting the cops on the dots, and seizing guns; it has to do with good prosecutions; it has to do with community policing, which is something that we’re focusing on.”
Overall Chicago’s homicide rate is down 42 percent compared to 2012. While January was an incredibly violent month, February was the lowest one-month homicide tally since January of 1957.
In a separate story also plaguing Chicago this past weekend, a group of 300 to 400 teenagers overran the popular tourist and shopping destination of Michigan Ave. What is now almost a right of Spring, these teens unleashed a planned attack (social media) harassing tourists, knocking people over and jumping on cars.