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The August 3, Chicago Police Crime Data Portal reveals some interesting statistics you are probably not aware of. Aside from Chicago’s horrifying number of murders and shootings in general (263 homicides and 1365 shootings in 2014 as of 8/18/2014), there is an alarming decline in arrests in relation to those cases along with many other violent crimes in Rahm Emanuel’s “world-class city.” This of course translates into more violent criminals running free.

Here are 7 stats you should know:

  1. Total arrests are down 10% from 2013.
  2. Murder arrests are down 10% from 2013.
  3. Shooting victims are up 9% from 2013.
  4. Shooting incidents up 6% from 2013.
  5. Criminal Sexual Assault arrests down 12% from 2013.
  6. Robbery Arrests down 20% from 2013.
  7. Narcotics arrests down 14% from 2013.

Despite Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s consistent reminders to the public that crime is down, earlier this year Chicago Magazine released a staggering report detailing how the Chicago Police Department has grossly manipulated those statistics by classifying crimes to reflect a greater reduction in crime overall.

Chicago conducted a 12-month examination of the Chicago Police Department’s crime statistics going back several years, poring through public and internal police records and interviewing crime victims, criminologists, and police sources of various ranks. We identified 10 people, including Groves, who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents—all for illogical or, at best, unclear reasons.

This troubling practice goes far beyond murders, documents and interviews reveal. Chicago found dozens of other crimes, including serious felonies such as robberies, burglaries, and assaults, that were misclassified, downgraded to wrist-slap offenses, or made to vanish altogether.

Chicago Police Crime Data 8/3/2014

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