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    Chicago judge shot, killed outside his home

    Officers responded to a 4:51 a.m. call to shots fired in the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the city's South Side where they found the judge with several gunshot wounds. The Chicago Tribune identified him as 66-year-old Associate Judge Raymond Myles.

    He was pronounced dead at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Paramedics rushed a 52-year-old woman hit in the leg to the hospital in serious condition. The relationship between the judge and the woman was unclear.

    Police reported nobody in custody as they launched a homicide investigation.

    "You have our word that we will not let his life be lost in vain," Chicago Police Department 1st Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro told reporters.

    Chief of Detectives Melissa Staples said there have "some patterns of robberies" in the area.

    Staples added that the woman encountered someone with a gun outside the home, they exchanged words and the woman was shot.

    Myles heard the commotion and gunshot, and was shot multiple times after also exchanging words with the shooter, according to Staples.

    Staples said the suspect, described as a black male, then fled the area on foot. Authorities are reviewing multiple video cameras in the area to figure out a vehicle he may have gotten into.

    Myles had been involved in several high-profile cases, such as the murder of relatives of singer and actress Jennifer Hudson in 2008, when he ordered William Balfour to be held without bond.

    Myles was attacked in 2015 after a minor traffic collision after taking pictures of the damage on his car, the Tribune added. The other driver punched him in the face, causing serious injuries, according to court records cited in the newspaper.

    "I heard maybe six shots. The shots woke me up, and the screaming of the woman woke me up. She was screaming, 'Don't kill him, don't kill him!'" an unidentified neighbor told the Tribune, saying the judge and the woman often left the home early in the morning to work out at a nearby health club.

    Chief Judge Timothy Evans said in a statement that colleagues knew Myles "for his kindness and his impartial administration of justice."

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    Year In Review

    Hey Jackass

    It’s that time of year when we make a piss poor attempt to summarize the year that was. We classified 2016 simply as a “shitshow”. We’re going to say that 2017 was slightly less shitshow-y, but a shitshow nonetheless.

    For more than half of the year, 2017 was running ahead of 2016 with such performances like the disastrous July 4th weekend that tallied over 100 shot or the annual Father’s Day Shoot-O-Rahm-a. By August-time, the idiocy, for whatever reason, retraced back to 2015 levels where rainbow farting unicorns grazed along the lakefront and songs of “#crimeisdown” filled the air.

    Come midnight Jan 1, 2018, 16.5% less people were dead and nearly 20% less people were found themselves with additional ventilation. Aside from comparing 2017 to the worst year in two decades, a decline in the incline is parade worthy (just don’t invite the carjackers or the $200 million overtimers).

    Fortunately, we fell way short with our 2017 prediction of 850 homicides and 3850 shot and wounded. 2018 may likely fall somewhere in-between 2017 and 2015 with 600-650 homicides and 2500-3000 shot and wounded. If the Polar Vortex decides to hang out for much the winter, we think we’ll end up closer to the lower end of that range.


    Final Numbers that will likely increase over time do to more investigations. Results of 2017 Homicides 675, Shot and Wounded 2937. Number of charges related to homicides, 78, or a 12% clearance rate.

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    2017 sees highest murder rate ever in shrinking Baltimore


    BALTIMORE -- Baltimore has set a new per-capita homicide record as gunmen killed for drugs, cash, payback - or no apparent reason at all.

    A surge of homicides in the starkly divided city resulted in 343 killings in 2017, bringing the annual homicide rate to its highest ever - roughly 56 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore, which has shrunk over decades, currently has about 615,000 inhabitants.

    "Not only is it disheartening, it's painful," Mayor Catherine Pugh told The Associated Press during the final days of 2017, her first year in office.

    The main reasons are the subject of endless interpretation. Some attribute the increase to more illegal guns, the fallout of the opioid epidemic, or systemic failures like unequal justice and a scarcity of decent opportunities for many citizens. The tourism-focused Inner Harbor and prosperous neighborhoods such as Canton and Mount Vernon are a world away from large sections of the city hobbled by generational poverty.

    Others blame police, accusing them of taking a hands-off approach to fighting crime since six officers were charged in connection with the 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a black man whose fatal spinal cord injury in police custody triggered massive protests that year and the city's worst riots in decades.

    "The conventional wisdom, or widely agreed upon speculation, suggests that the great increase in murders is happening partly because the police have withdrawn from aggressively addressing crime in the city's many poor, crime-ridden neighborhoods," said Donald Norris, professor emeritus of public policy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

    Even as arrests have declined to their lowest level in years, police say their officers are working hard in a tough environment. They note the overwhelming majority of Baltimore's crime has long been linked to gangs, drugs and illegal guns.

    "The vast majority of our kids and residents of this city aren't into criminal activity like this. It's that same revolving group of bad guys that are wreaking havoc for people's families," said T.J. Smith, the chief police spokesman whose own younger brother was the city's 173rd homicide victim in 2017.

    Baltimore's homicide rate started to surge after Gray's death in 2015, a year when the city saw over 340 slayings. There's been a depressingly steady march of killings since.

    Violent crime rates in Baltimore have been notoriously high for decades and some locals sardonically refer to their city as "Bodymore" due to the annual body count. But prior to 2015, Baltimore's killings had generally been on the decline. Before rates in recent years eclipsed it, Baltimore's homicide rate had peaked with 353 killings in 1993, or some 49 killings per 100,000 people. Baltimore had over 700,000 inhabitants back then, making the per-capita rate lower than in 2017.

    Patrick Sharkey, a sociologist at New York University, described Baltimore as a place "where there is an urgent need to make sure that neighborhoods do not continue to fall apart and the population doesn't give up on the city."

    Pugh, who took office as mayor in December 2016, said her year-old administration is focused on reducing crime, boosting police recruits, and improving long-neglected neighborhoods. She told attendees at a candlelight vigil she hosted for victims of violence that "this will become the safest city in America."

    Attending the vigil were Norman and Yvonne Armstrong, who struggled for words to describe their heartache since losing their son, Shawn, to gun violence. The working family man, a 31-year-old father of three, was fatally shot at a Baltimore carwash in September. His murder is unsolved.

    "The kids out there with guns don't care about anything," said Norman Armstrong, the pain of grief etched on his face.

    Among the names behind the 2017 numbers is Jonathan Tobash, a 19-year-old college student who embodied the best hopes of his Baltimore community. Police say the sophomore at Morgan State University was shot to death Dec. 18 after stumbling onto a robbery in progress outside a convenience store near his family's home.

    Ericka Alston-Buck, who founded the Kids Safe Zone community center in the rough Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood, said concentrated poverty must be addressed and a measure of healing has to take place in order to truly tackle high rates of violence in Baltimore.

    "Hurt people hurt people. No one's doing anything to close those holes in their souls," she said. "As long as no one does that, nothing is going to change."


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    Philadelphia Police Commissioner Ross addresses murder rate, highest in five years

    By John Mitchell
    The Philadelphia Tribune

    The opioid crisis and the continued proliferation of license-to-carry permits are just some of the reasons homicides are up in the city, according to Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr.

    On Tuesday of last week, close to midnight, the city logged its 300th homicide, with more than two weeks remaining in 2017, marking the first time since 2012, when 331 homicides were reported, that the city has surpassed that threshold.

    By the same time last year, the city had recorded 266 slayings on the way to 277 for the year. This represents a 13 percent increase from 2016.

    Much of the spike has taken place in North Philadelphia’s 24th and 25th police precincts, which Ross said have experienced the largest spikes in homicide, a distinction he said is directly related to the illegal drug market.

    “In the eastern division, we are seeing a significant number of buyers and sellers. That leads to competition. And when you mix in guns you are going to see a significant problem that we are trying to get our hands around,” Ross said on Friday.

    He noted certain areas in North Philadelphia where the problem has become entrenched has resulted in dealers from other parts of the city coming to areas in North Philadelphia and setting up shop in the drug trade.

    According to the commissioner, a recent sting operation about a month ago that lasted about two weeks netted more than 500 arrests.

    “That’s just sales, so you can get an idea of how daunting that is. The opioid problem transcends drug overdoses,” Ross said. “There are drug trafficking organizations and they are coming from other parts of the city to set up shop.”

    Another problem here are lax gun laws, which make obtaining a gun here much easier than, say, New York City, where gun laws are much stricter.

    A city of more than 8.5 million residents, just 41,162 New York City residents are licensed to own firearms, according to the NYC Police Department.

    Approximately 22,500 of these licenses are issued to security guards, or to individuals who have handguns in their businesses or homes. Aside from retired law enforcement officers, there are fewer than 2,500 residents in the city who have full-carry permits.

    By contrast, Philadelphia, with a population of 1.5 million, has issued almost 37,000 concealed-carry permits, Ross said.

    “Permit holders don’t cause problems. However, those guns are left on the seats of cars and other places that entice criminals to steal them and they do,” Ross said. “They become illegal guns on the street.”

    Entrenched poverty – Philadelphia has the highest poverty rate among major US cities with populations of 1 million or more – Ross says continues to contribute to the homicide rate, as does retaliatory violence, where one incident leads to escalation, and sometimes murder.

    “We are trying to do everything to stave off retaliatory violence, which is our biggest problem,” Ross said “There is a subculture of retaliatory violence that we are trying to interrupt.”

    Much of this violence, Ross said, is the result of neighborhood beefs that originate on social media.

    He added the police academy graduated 86 officers on Friday and most will hit the streets immediately on bikes, and he’s looking to get 400 new officers on the streets as soon as possible, with June as the goal to have them all on the street.

    “We want to be lazar-focused on getting the most violent guys off the street because in many cases they are forcing guys to carry guns out of fear,” Ross said. “Having more police on the streets doesn’t mean we want people making unnecessary stops – we don’t. But the most violent offenders and limiting the quality of life for law-abiding citizens, we want to extract them from our neighborhoods.”

    Ross believes that smart intervention and approaching the homicide rate in unconventional ways are crucial.

    In 2018, he hopes to bolster youth diversionary programs aimed at educating about the dangers of gun violence and targeting potential first-time offenders.

    Ross wants to coalesce as many entities – community based organizations, judges, the district attorney’s office, etc. – as possible to confront the violence.

    Ben Waxman, spokesperson for newly-elected District Attorney Larry Krasner, said the D.A.’s office looks forward to working toward the reduction of the killings.

    “The district attorney’s heart goes out to the victims of these crimes,” he said. “We know these numbers often follow trends up and down but any number is too high. The district attorney is committed to doing all he can in concert with other agencies to make the city as safe as possible.”


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    Baltimore Is America's Most Dangerous City, Analysis Finds

    By Elizabeth Janney
    The Patch

    BALTIMORE, MD — Charm City was ranked the most dangerous out of the 50 biggest cities in the country, according to a new analysis of crime data. USA Today named Baltimore the most dangerous big city in America this week, but said overall killings fell ever so slightly across the nation.

    Baltimore — which had 343 killings — tallied the highest murder rate per capita with about 56 homicides per 100,000 people. And unlike the trend nationally, Charm City saw an increase in the number of murders.

    There were 343 homicides in Baltimore in 2017. The previous year, there were 318 homicides in Baltimore, meaning last year there were 25 more.

    "Where they rank us is very alarming," Commissioner Designate Darryl De Sousa said on the C4 Show. He added: "But I know Baltimore in another way...I know the moms and dads that struggle each and every day that try and make the city better."

    A new violence reduction initiative that he and Mayor Catherine Pugh are implementing has already paid off, he said; homicides are down 37 percent and nonfatal shootings are down 46 percent as of this time in 2017, he said Tuesday.

    There have been 32 homicides as of Feb. 20, 2018, according to the Baltimore Police Department; at this time last year, police reported there had been 47 homicides.

    Crime is "trending downward in every single category" in 2018, Pugh said at a Tuesday press conference.

    The mayor described Baltimore's violence prevention initiative as "very data-driven."

    Said Pugh: "Are we satisfied yet? No. Are we trending in the right direction? Yes."

    According to USA Today, the largest spike in homicides in the U.S. last year was in Columbus, Ohio, with 143 slayings — that was 37 more than it saw in 2016.

    Chicago had the most killings overall last year with 650, but that number represented a drop from the previous year, when the city had 762 murders.

    Other cities high on the murder-per-capita list include New Orleans, Detroit, Memphis and Kansas City. Each had killing rates of at least 30 per 100,000 residents.

    The FBI hasn't released its annual crime report, so the analysis was based on an "early review" of police department crime data, according to USA Today.

    Homicides fell in the country's largest cities by 2.3 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year, the review revealed. The steepest drops were seen in Chicago, New York City and Houston, which each saw double-digit percentage drops, the analysis found.

    New York City's yearly killing total dropped below 300 for the first time and the city saw its lowest per capita homicide rate in nearly seven decades. Peter Scharf, a criminologist at the LSU School of Public Health and Justice, told USA Today the success was attributable to focusing efforts on the correct neighborhoods, as well as spending on predictive analytics and technology.

    In Baltimore, the police department is seeing a similar ramp-up of technology and strategy already paying off.

    State, local and federal officials have arrested more than 200 violent repeat offenders in recent weeks on outstanding warrants, De Sousa said on the C4 Show Tuesday. The city's violence prevention strategy is about "putting resources in the right places at the right times," he said.

    "We know our problematic areas," said De Sousa, who proposed created a roving district that focuses on areas where violence is occurring.

    Dr. Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, a criminology expert and professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, tells Patch that readers shouldn't put too much stock into "dangerous city" rankings.

    "We kind of throw around these rankings and it makes it sound like everyone is equally vulnerable to violence, when really, in most cities, especially a city like Chicago for instance, violence is mostly concentrated in areas that are most socially neglected. Areas with the highest rates of poverty. Failing schools."

    Major American cities with high levels of segregation, poverty and inequality will often see high rates of violence, she says. But crime statistics and rankings don't paint an accurate picture of where that violence actually happens. Violence is concentrated within communities, and individual blocks within neighborhoods see vastly different levels of violence than others, she says.

    "Literally, one side of the street will have less crime in the same neighborhood than the other side of the street," she says.

    Criminologists are looking into what's behind such violence gaps and have found that it could be rooted in politics. Some streets receive social programs and rehabilitative services — such as violence prevention and job screening — but individuals on the opposite side of the street might be neglected.

    "The rankings, while great for click-thrus, don't really tell us the complex nature of how violence is impacted in some ways by social conditions, poverty, and other types of complex variables," she says. "It's never equally distributed throughout a city."

    The Baltimore Sun also noted that while the USA Today analysis covered the 50 largest cities, one that did not make the cut with its population of 315,000 and murder rate of 65 per 100,000 people was St. Louis, which had 205 homicides.


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    Murder ‘clearance’ rate in Chicago hit new low in 2017

    By Frank Main
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    Even as the Chicago Police Department touts technology-fueled successes in reducing the number of shootings in the city, detectives are struggling to solve killings, with their murder “clearance” rate falling to a level not seen since at least 1990.

    In 2017, the police solved 114 of the 650 murders that occurred in that same year — just 17.5 percent, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of police data.

    That appears to be the worst clearance rate in recent Chicago history for solving same-year killings.

    The clearance rate was above 60 percent in the early 1990s.

    In 2000, detectives were solving 41 percent of same-year murders.

    By 2009, the same-year solve rate for murder had fallen to 30 percent amid an outcry from the police that a “no-snitch” code of silence among witnesses, and even victims, was making it difficult to make a murder arrest.

    Since 2010, that figure has remained below 30 percent, falling to 19 percent in 2016 before falling even further last year.

    Frank Giancamilli, a spokesman for the department, noted that CPD’s clearance rate was much higher when including old cases with 2017 cases.

    “Officers and detectives alike strive every day to work together as part of the communities they serve to bring justice to victims,” Giancamilli said.

    The picture is even worse for solving shootings that didn’t end in death. According to the University of Chicago Crime Lab, the Chicago Police Department cleared 11 percent of non-fatal shootings in 2013, 10 percent in 2014, 7 percent in 2015 and just 5 percent in 2016.

    The police department’s bleak clearance rate could be one reason why Chicago had more murders than New York and Los Angeles — combined — in 2016.

    “Public confidence in the criminal-justice system may have declined as community members saw those who committed acts of violence remain free,” according to a U. of C. Crime Lab report last year.

    “Instead of formally seeking justice, some may have been encouraged to resort to retaliation, continuing the cycle of violence and further eroding trust in law enforcement,” the report said.

    Explanations vary for Chicago’s low murder clearance rate.

    Manpower is one.

    In 2008, the police department had 1,252 detectives — and only 922 of them in 2016. In September 2016, Emanuel promised to hire 200 more detectives over the next two years, but those ranks won’t actually rise by that full number because of retirements.

    Another explanation is the poor relationship between police and people who live in high-crime neighborhoods. That tension — and mistrust — grew even worse after the 2015 release of the police dash-camera video showing a police officer shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times.

    Police Supt. Eddie Johnson says one of his biggest priorities is to repair that damage so that people will report crimes to the police.

    Los Angeles Police Department officials have pointed to their robust community-policing program as a major factor in solving murders.

    Charlie Beck, the Los Angeles police chief, was quoted last year in the Los Angeles Times, pointing to how the murder clearance rate in housing projects served by his department’s Community Safety Partnership was 81 percent.


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    Chicago: Police Have Made No Arrests for Weekend’s 70-Plus Shooting Victims

    By AWR Hawkins

    Chicago police have made no arrests for the weekend’s 70-plus shooting victims as witnesses to the incidents refuse to come forward.

    On August 6, Breitbart News reported on the violent weekend, noting that 11 of the 70-plus shooting victims died.

    USA Today reports that witnesses are refusing to come forward to name suspects in the shootings. In fact, wounded shooting victims are refusing to speak as well.

    This silence was modeled by 23-year-old Romell Young, a young man who was shot after a fist fight in Chicago earlier in the year. When police approached Young in the hospital and asked him about the gunman he refused to give details. And when asked by news outlets he remained mum, saying only, “I believe karma is (vengeful), you feel me?”

    Following last weekend’s violence with no arrests, Mayor Rahm Emanuel (D) and Chicago Police Superintendent responded to the dearth of witnesses by pleading with people to tell police what they know. Johnson said, “You all know who these individuals are, they come into your homes every day, sleep with you every night. Grandparents, parents, siblings, significant others — you know who they are.”

    The silence from witnesses contributes to the fact that the Chicago Police Department “has solved far fewer murders over the last several years compared to most other major departments around the country.” In 2016 they were only able to make arrests or at least identify the suspect in 26 percent of the cases they investigated. And 2016 was a bloody year, with nearly 800 homicides in the Windy City.

    In 2017 there were 650 murders, yet the Chicago Sun-Times reports that police only made an arrest or at least identified a suspect in 17.5 percent of the cases.


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    It's an endless cycle of stupidity. No one wants to do anything proactive to stop the violence, just keep on killing each other. Unfortunately little kids and innocent people who live there are becoming victims of violence perpetuated by these monstertards.

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    The murder clearance rate in Chicago for this year sits at 9.5%.

    I don't know if any American city has ever had it lower than that.

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    Chicago homicides increase 50 percent in 2020, 139 percent in July alone, data shows

    By Sam Dorman
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    Chicago saw a dramatic increase in homicides and shootings in the first seven months of 2020 and a particularly remarkable increase in July, reflecting a growing trend in the U.S. that raised questions about potential police reform in major cities.

    Data released on Saturday showed that Chicago saw 440 homicides between January 2020 through the end of June, a 52 percent increase from the same time period last year (which saw 290 homicides). Shooting victims similarly increased by 51 percent (1,480 to 2,240) and shooting incidents themselves rose 47 percent (from 1,210 to 1,783).

    Crime tends to increase during summers, but recent events have fueled unrest in the U.S. The troubling figures came as Chicago and other cities saw dramatic increases in violent crime amid protests surrounding George Floyd's death. Kansas City, for example, is expected to see "close to 700 people" shot by the end of the year, its police chief previously told Fox News.

    A host of other cities -- Houston, Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, Portland and Seattle -- also saw spikes in shootings and murders, according to public data. “I think it’s just a perfect storm of distress in America," Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said in July.

    In her city, the police department reported a 240 percent increase in murders (from 5 to 17) when comparing a four-week period ending in July 2019 to the same timeframe this year. New York City, meanwhile, saw a 277 percent increase in shootings (from 13 to 49) when observing the year-over-year change for one week in July.

    The Los Angeles Police Department’s statistics show there have been 151 murders so far this year, an increase of 12.7 percent compared to the 134 reported at this time in 2019. Shooting numbers, however, were down.

    July 2020 was especially violent for Chicago, as the city recorded 105 homicides and 584 shootings. Among them was a 9-year-old boy who was killed Friday when someone opened fire in the direction of a number of people, including him and his friends, according to police. The morning prior, three Chicago police officers were shot just outside a police station.

    In July alone, Chicago saw a 139 percent increase in murders from the previous year, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

    Despite the increase in violent crime, overall crime, which includes violent crimes, burglaries and thefts, was down 9 percent compared to the same period last year. The decrease was driven by a 26 percent decline in thefts and a 19 percent decline in sexual assaults, police said.

    Regardless, the state of Chicago's unrest has provoked federal attention, with President Trump sending federal officers to help crack down on violent crimes. At the end of last month, he criticized Mayor Lori Lightfoot for not accepting federal help and tweeted that several other cities should request help, as well.

    Speaking during a briefing on the coronavirus pandemic, Trump had called Chicago a “disaster” and said Lightfoot was making “a big mistake” by not asking the White House for help in combatting crime in the United States’ third-most-populous city. He added: “Chicago should be calling us and so should Philadelphia and Detroit and many others.”

    Lightfoot, a frequent Trump critic, had already slammed the president in a letter for “unhelpful” rhetoric and detailed ways the federal government could help the city to reduce violence, including gun safety reform, public safety support, community outreach and community investment.

    The city recently deployed 200 additional police officers to address the issue. Saturday's press release also touted the city's continued focus on seizing and recovering illegal guns as a way to combat violent crime. "To date, officers have recovered over 5,600 guns already this year and have made more than 3,700 gun arrests — up 5 percent from 2019," the department said.

    During a phone call last week, Lightfoot and Trump reportedly reached an agreement not to send federal help, with Lightfoot's office indicating that Trump would hold back or risk legal action.

    "Mayor Lightfoot maintains that all resources will be investigatory in nature and be coordinated through the U.S. Attorney’s office," a statement from her office read. "The Mayor has made clear that if there is any deviation from what has been announced, we will pursue all available legal options to protect Chicagoans."

    Complicating law enforcement has been widespread concern about racism in police departments. The House of Representatives in July passed sweeping reform while activists have pushed to defund departments and shift the money to social services.

    Although mayors such Los Angeles' Eric Garcetti and New York's Bill de Blasio have backed these efforts, Lightfoot seemed more resistant to the idea. She's argued that "Defund The Police" was a "nice hashtag" but contravened what Chicagoans told her they wanted, Politico reported.

    “We'd have to get rid of the youngest, most diverse, most well-trained officers," she said of defunding.

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