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DNAinfo last year looked at how many murders the Chicago Police Department solved in 2013. They were encouraged by an improvement in the clearing rate of 5%. However, that “improvement” only brought the number up to 30% and includes some outrageous facts.

A retooled homicide detective division flush with 72 newly promoted investigators assigned to probe shootings brought charges in or cleared 30 percent of murders in Chicago last year, according to police data obtained by DNAinfo Chicago.

Detectives cleared 126 of the 415 murders tallied in the city last year— the Police Department’s best murder-solve rate in a single year since 2009, the data show.

That’s a 5 percentage point improvement from 2012, when the department solved only 25 percent of 506 murders, the lowest clearance rate in 21 years.

Included in those ‘solved’ cases are ones the police department determines the murderer is dead.

Not all of those solved murders, however, led to someone getting charged. Some cases are “cleared exceptionally” because murder suspects identified by investigators are dead, or prosecutors declined to bring charges for a variety of reasons, including witnesses refusing to testify.

Ten percent of the solved cases last year were “cleared exceptionally.”

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy is pictured in the above screenshot.

3 Responses

  1. William W Ware

    The truth be told, the rate is even much less. The Chicago police department has what is called exceptionally cleared closed. Meaning the case is considered solved by naming an offender who either is dead, in prison or a person the state is not willing to charge. In reality only 1 in 6 or 7 murderers ever get arrested. Now considered the ones that are then found not guilty and released….. So when it is all done LESS THAN 1 in 10 murderers ever serve prison time.

  2. truth known

    Black cops are allowing black criminals to get away with committing crimes, including murder. This has been going on for years.


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