The Chicago Police Superintendent announced yesterday that murders in the city are 10% lower this year, than last year.
This weekend murder toll was 3, they are calculating these homicides for Saturday and Sunday. However, this was a holiday weekend, with 4 days!
The unlucky blokes that happened to get killed on Thursday and Friday, are not amomg the statistics touted by the city's top cop.
The Superintendent further promises he will check with other large cities, and he's sure Chicago will have a lower death toll than these other cities, during the same time period.
I wonder how that can be when a couple of months ago, in the midst of the election season, the large numbers of murders in a single weekend in Chicago, was the lead story for the national news on CBS.
Less murders than last year Mr. Superintendent, ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?
Lo, and behold only 3 murders for 2 days. What about the murder at a funeral on Monday?
Where are the weekday murders counted?
After the election a newsman actually wrote, "because of the unpopularity of the newly re-elected President's policies, there will be fewer tourist coming to the City Of Big Shoulders".
I dare say he dropped that gem the week a visitor was stabbed in the head in the Magnificent Gold Coast. ( status, recovering).
No area of the city is immune.
I'm not trying to be contentious, we who live here, and love our big bumbling, sometimes clumsy city, need to tell it like it is.
Denial is not just a river.
Mr. Superintendent, please stop trying to downplay the gravity of the situation.
Acknowledge the daily and weekly killings in the city.
The first step is to accept the fact that there are problems, then and only then can we begin to work toward rational solutions.