Tuesday, August 20, 2013

MORE POLICE DEPARTMENT LIES: Beat 1924 Isn't Even Close To Being The Most Populated In Chicago



ABC7's report Monday night about Boystown's robbery problem included this statement, which almost certainly was fed to them by someone within the Chicago Police Department:
Boystown is in police beat 1924. It's the most populated and congested beat in the city.
That second sentence is 100% false. 1924 is not even close to being the most populated and congested beat in the city. Heck, it's not even close to being the most populated in Wrigleyville and Boystown.

This is important because police executives have started efforts to minimize beat 1924's rankings as #1 in robberies and #3 in violent crime by saying that those rankings should be expected for such a "densely populated" area.

In fact, according the U.S. Census Bureau, the beat directly next to 1924, beat 1925, has more than twice as many residents.

Dear Police Department: It's Called "The Internet." Use it.
Let's dial up the US Census Bureau site and look at a color-coded map of the neighborhood. That map up there at the top of this post. Beat 1924 is outlined by the black box we've added. One glance at the map will tell you that 1924 isn't as populated as areas right next door.

Hell, we didn't even have to zoom out to "discover" that someone in the police department is making things up. We're hungry and have iHop on our minds, so we won't waste time looking at the population of the skyscraper-filled 18th district.

We started to add up the numbers in the Census Bureau's colorful boxes and put beat populations on a map of the 19th district, but we decided to stop after 3 of the first 4 beats we tallied exceeded 1924 in population. Beat 1935 has an asterisk because Lincoln Avenue split one of its census tracts and we had to spitball that section.


The 19th district commander even trotted out population and "other factors" at our recent CAPS meeting:
But Town Hall Police Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris, who has been in the position just a year, said while he understands there is a concern, residents probably were not considering all factors in comparing their beat with beats in other neighborhoods.
Beat 1924 is more loaded with bars and nightlife than other areas, he said. It's more populated and attracts far more visitors late at night, especially with some bars staying open until 4 a.m.
"I'm not making excuses," he said. "I'm telling you, you have to look at other factors."
The "more populated" thing has been torpedoed. And we are certain that this area doesn't have more nightlife than the 18th district's River North, Michigan Avenue, Division Street, Rush Street, and Hubbard Street districts. So, phooey.

The commander's right about one thing, though. He's not making excuses. He's making things up.

Why are we #1 in robberies? We didn't used to be anywhere near #1. There has not been a seismic shift in our area's population. Chicago nightlife lovers haven't suddenly discovered Lake View. We think the reason we've become #1 in robberies is because there are a lot more robberies than there used to be.

Now, the question is, will the Chicago Police Department's leadership help us solve this problem or is it going to try to lie its way into winter? Again.

16 comments:

  1. More great work CWB. Amazing how a simple blog can call out BS by the bushel from our official sources.

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  2. Again, it's a shame that not a single media outlet is reporting this information. They continue to be led like blind sheep by the corrupt politicians feeding off their never ending lies.

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  3. Amazing work on your part to make this so clear. How can we scale this so every resident of this neighborhood knows as well? I've shared the URL with my neighbors in conversation, but being a layperson to social media, I'd ask if anyone has ideas on how we can get more traction around this site and the facts presented within?

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  4. When the city (CPD Brass) makes up bold faced lies such as this, they're essentially giving the Wrigleyville citizens the finger.

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  5. I think Chuck Goudie from Channel 7 needs to be given this information!

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  6. Perhaps all questions asked at the CAPS meetings should be submitted in advance so the police can take the time to do the meticulous research that you do so they can get this right.

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  7. Well if we're gonna be fed the crime per capita bullshit meaning that the level of crime is okay because of population density then we should have MORE cops on the beat per capita too.

    Common sense.

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  8. Why should the media challenge the political apparatus when the politicians and their campaign advertising dollars are some of the medias largest sources of revenue?

    They will publish what they are told to publish and that's that. Hell election time is coming up.

    The media doesn't want to lose those million dollar campaign advertisements.

    Besides there are likely some tax breaks or other incentives if you play ball.

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  9. Perfect!

    Why fight it then. Let's just inform all the visitors to Wriggly, the Mag Mile, etc.. that they are entering a high population density area therefore expect to be robbed or beaten.

    CPD says it's expected and you should consider that when you come here.

    Which begs the question. Should police be assigned a territory to protect property or should the manpower be determined by population to protect people?

    Which is it Property or people first. See what I'm sayin'?

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  10. "Again, it's a shame that not a single media outlet is reporting this information. They continue to be led like blind sheep by the corrupt politicians feeding off their never ending lies."

    I was at the CAPS meeting that filmed by Channel 7. Afterwards the only people the producer spoke to were Tom Tunney's assistant and the spokesman from The Center On Halsted (who was given a starring role in the segment that aired). She made no attempt to talk to any resident.

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  11. Question is... why didn't ABC bother to do any fact checking in an "investigative" report. Chuck Goudie, while I appreciate the minor visibility you gave to this issue, I would far from call you an investigative reporter. This website has already debunked the blatant lie of population density as well as the "it's all happening in alleys" myth. Why didn't they bother to check basic facts before producing an iTeam report? Total BS if you ask me. Or, if you really want to tell a compelling story... show how the crime statistics have changed since the social services they half heartedly reported residents are accusing of causing our problem. I they should have been ASKING that representative from COH what they think of the crime increase that has occurred since they opened their doors. Ask them why they felt it necessary to have armed guards at their doors if their "clients" were so innocent... it's just shoddy reporting.

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  12. "When the city (CPD Brass) makes up bold faced lies such as this, they're essentially giving the Wrigleyville citizens the finger."

    You would too, if you had Rahm's boot on the back of your neck and McCarthy's boot up your ass, like they do!

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  13. Anonymous said...
    "When the city (CPD Brass) makes up bold faced lies such as this, they're essentially giving the Wrigleyville citizens the finger."

    You would too, if you had Rahm's boot on the back of your neck and McCarthy's boot up your ass, like they do!
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    Anonymous, you are correct. What we are seeing are the classic symptoms of CompStat gone awry. District leaders are expected to reduce crime statistics. Yet they are not given the manpower to deliver consistent results legitimately.

    After doing as much as possible with the manpower they have, the only other way to keep crime "down" is to manipulate numbers.

    If we're seeing this level of dishonesty on TV and at CAPS meetings about simple things, why should we believe that the department is not manipulating (downgrading) crime statistics out of the public eye?

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  14. In addition to the "mainstream" media, I have to also give fault to the Windy City Times. They always seem to sugarcoat stories and never give the true story on what's happening in the neighborhood. They could be a big help if they'd start some actual reporting other than trying to be pc correct.

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  15. "In addition to the "mainstream" media, I have to also give fault to the Windy City Times"

    I must say that is a BIG problem. Windy City Times doesn't even report on the area crime. They act as if it's not happening. Silence. It truly is a dereliction of their journalistic duty. They could (and should) be strongly driving this story forward, and that in turn would push it into the larger media.

    But all you need to is consider their editorial content now, and you won't be surprised by their lack of attention to the situation. In some ways I have to say they're part of the problem.

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  16. If you want to see the pressure that these district commanders come under I suggest you attend one if these comstat meetings and see for yourself just how bad McDrunkasever treats underlings. The meetings go something like this self patting on back by the real big wig staff, then a chewing out of mid to high management (commanders) who then put the blame in the officers. It's truly a sight to behold and yes they are open to the public

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