Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chicago Murder Rate September 2016

Shootings and homicides in the city of Chicago have massively escalated during 2016 compared to the previous year. Many are attributing this to the so called "Ferguson effect" which suggests that due to increased scrutiny of the police following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police have been more cautious to use force to deter crime, thus leading to an increase in the murder rate in certain areas.

Chicago has been in the news for a number of years due to its high murder and gun crime rates, however this had been slowly decreasing until the last few years. According to the Chicago Tribune, which catalogues shootings and murders in the city, last year there were a total of 490 homicides, however this year there have already been a total of 464, with 4 months still left, a substantial increase.

A total of 2,988 people were shot in the city last year compared to 2,808 so far this year. So far in August there have been 65 homicides (As of August 28). UPDATE : A total of 92 homicides were recorded in August, making it the most deadly month in 20 years in the city.

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