For decades crime in Chicago has been a problem, at times out of control. The political pressure has grown on gun control and it’s contribution to the problem. All while police budgets have swelled to all time highs, the city is spending more taxpayer dollars on police enforcement than other US cities it’s size. All while the results are less than stellar, and crime continues to rise.
There has been pressure to show that the cities money has been well spent, and the strictest gun laws in the country have worked. But how to prove to your city, state, and everyone else watching from outside? Statistics, hard facts, and FBI reports will give the politicians under fire all the talking points they need. The problem being the numbers, facts, and statistics are not on their side.
In 2011 the city set out to change all of that, a new mayor was elected. Rahm Emanuel politically stood for all the same things that is predecessor Richard Daley held dear. Emanuel, in one of his first actions as mayor, brought in Garry McCarty as the police superintendent of Chicago.
In his first year as superintendent McCarthy was along for the ride of 507 murders, the most in the city since 2008. This performance of the Chicago police lead to approval ratings to plummet, not just for McCarthy, but also the mayor.
McCarthy saw the writing on the wall, Chicago has a real problem with gangs, and overall crime. All the gun restrictions in place, millions of dollars spent on police, and McCarthy’s best efforts didn’t even slow it down. They had to make a change!
December 2013, Rahm Emanuel and Garry McCarthy called a joint press conference in front of every major media outlet, and the eyes of millions. They had changed the tide, the city was on track to have the lowest murder rate since 1967.
While this came as great news to the people of Chicago, and the news media at large, the inspector generals office thought it may be to good to be true. The office completed it’s audit finding that, “the department under-counted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent, based on the sample cases reviewed.” Upon independant investigation by local media, numerous murders had been classified as death investigations, non criminal incidents, and other minor crimes.
Police officers and investigators were interviewed, while many refused several choose to speak out. Cases that they had worked, and evern been the lead investigator on, were reclassified. While the cases were initially violent crime or even murder, they were pressured by supervisors to reclassified their incident reports. Reports were later found to be changed, and reclassified by someone other than the lead investigator, but by some magic force able to make cases disappear.
The story of one family involves a fight with the police department over their daughter’s, “death investigation”. The family was unable to collect the life insurance to pay for the funeral and burial of their daughter. The insurance company will not payout to a death investigation due to the possibility of suicide as the cause of death. The police department refused to reopen the case, or clarify the murder of the victim.
While Mayor Emanuel and Superintendent McCarthy have accomplished their goal of reducing crime statistics in Chicago. The numbers of murder and other violent crime continue in real life. The immeasurable political power in Chicago has cooked the books in order to deceive the people.