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June 30, 2017

Chicago now an even more fascinating study in federal criminal enforcement and gun crimes

The title of this post is my reaction to this new press release from the Department of Justice titled "Attorney General Jeff Sessions: We Cannot Accept these Levels of Violence in Chicago." Here is how it starts and ends:

Today Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued the following statement on the unacceptable violence plaguing the City of Chicago and outlined steps that the Department of Justice is taking to increase public safety:

"No child in America should have to walk the streets of their neighborhood in fear of violent criminals, and yet in Chicago, thousands of children do every day. Last year, more than 4,300 Chicagoans were shot, and more than 700 were killed — the deadliest year in two decades.”

“The Trump Administration will not let the bloodshed go on; we cannot accept these levels of violence. That's why, under President Trump's strong leadership, we have created the Chicago Gun Strike Force and are sending 20 more permanent ATF agents to Chicago, reallocating federal prosecutors and prioritizing prosecutions to reduce gun violence, and working with our law enforcement partners to stop the lawlessness.”...

The Crime Gun Strike Force, a permanent team of special agents, task force officers, intelligence research specialists, and ATF Industry Operations investigators who are focused on the most violent offenders, in the areas of the city with the highest concentration of firearm violence.

The Strike Force became operational June 1, 2017, and consists of 20 additional permanent ATF special agents, 6 intelligence research specialists, 12 task force officers from the Chicago Police Department (CPD), 2 task force officers from the Illinois State Police, and 4 NIBIN specialists (National Integrated Ballistics Information Network).

I have noted in lots of posts in recent years how remarkable it is that the largest city in the US (New York) keeps having crime declines while the third largest city (Chicago) is struggling with increased crime.  This pattern has been in place for at least a half-decade (see this 2012 post), and I sure hope this new Chicago Gun Strike Force can help matters in Chicago.

June 30, 2017 at 03:57 PM | Permalink


Demography tells some of the story re: difference in crime rates between NYC and Chicago.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 30, 2017 4:33:19 PM

But MSNBC is based out of NYC, federalist. That has to drive up crime in that city, no?

Posted by: Doug B. | Jun 30, 2017 4:48:25 PM

Lulz, professor. Chicago is just corrupt, in just about every way possible.

Posted by: Fat Bastard | Jun 30, 2017 6:28:24 PM

NYC is just throwing their crime reports in the trash, kicking out victims trying to file reports.

From NY Times, a left wing hate speech propaganda outlet.

Crime Report Manipulation Is Common Among New York Police, Study Finds


An anonymous survey of nearly 2,000 retired officers found that the manipulation of crime reports — downgrading crimes to lesser offenses and discouraging victims from filing complaints to make crime statistics look better — has long been part of the culture of the New York Police Department.

The results showed that pressure on officers to artificially reduce crime rates, while simultaneously increasing summonses and the number of people stopped and often frisked on the street, has intensified in the last decade, the two criminologists who conducted the research said in interviews this week.

“I think our survey clearly debunks the Police Department’s rotten-apple theory,” said Eli B. Silverman, one of the criminologists, referring to arguments that very few officers manipulated crime statistics. “This really demonstrates a rotten barrel.”

Dr. Silverman, professor emeritus at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and John A. Eterno, a retired New York police captain, provided The New York Times with a nine-page summary of the survey’s preliminary results. After reviewing a copy of the summary, the Police Department impugned the findings on Wednesday. Paul J. Browne, the department’s chief spokesman, criticized the researchers’ methodology and questioned the reliability of the findings.

Posted by: David Behar | Jun 30, 2017 9:46:10 PM

Maybe they can even put a few cameras on the railroad yards where the gangs have stolen guns out if the railroad cars they've broken into. Guns are showing up in drug deals etc.

Sessions, this is a good thing your doing, Chicago needs to be leveled.

Teach these guts there is a law in the USA.

Posted by: MidWestGuy | Jun 30, 2017 10:56:41 PM

Doug, demography matters.

Posted by: federalist | Jul 1, 2017 10:09:56 AM

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