Monday, April 07, 2014

UP AND DOWN: Questions Arise Regarding Chicago Police Department Stats

Chicago magazine and the the City of Chicago Inspector General have each released reports today that raise questions about Chicago Police Department statistics.

• The Inspector General's office reviewed one category of crime (assault) for one year (2012) and found that the Chicago Police Department underreported "victim offenses" by 24%. Guess what? The police department does not disagree with the IG's findings.

The underreporting stems from a department practice that has been mentioned on CWB from time to time: When a crime has more than one victim, the department reports it as one crime. Not surprisingly, that practice does not meet state or federal reporting guidelines according to the IG report.

The full report is online and a story is up at the Sun-Times.

• This morning, Chicago magazine posted a detailed report by  David Bernstein and Noah Isackson that beams a big, fat spotlight on the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes as the department classifies major crimes. This month's installment focuses on homicide.

Next month's follow up will dig into the department's reporting of non-homicide violent crimes (Goodbye robbery, hello "theft.") and property crimes (Goodbye burglary, hello "criminal damage.")  Part II will be another must-read.
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46 comments:

  1. Just like how the beach was closed "due to heat", huh McCarthy and Rahm? Not sure what's more off-putting....the lies or belief we'd actually stomach them. Each are revolting and equally pathetically stupid. "Who's got questions for my answers?". How about this, how about go eff yourself? How's that for a question?

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    1. "due to heat" and the rest was history. Until Now

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  2. The good folks over at the SCC blog called this out long, long ago. Why is this just getting media attention now? WTF????

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    1. Because time settles all wounds.

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  3. Only one way to fix it...vote Emanuel and all his aldermen out. That's it pry and simple. Nothing else will change the problems in Chicago but getting rid of him and his lying media manipulatioins.

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    1. welcome the new media. they shot they scored

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  4. WGN Channel 9 also did a report on their 5:00 PM broadcast.

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  5. If we had real journalists left in this city, they would have made the same conclusion months ago.

    The Sun-Times used to have some terrific crime/corruption reporters, it's a shame they've turned into a 100% liberal rag with the likes of Jesse Jackson spewing his 1960s hate every week. The Tribune is also a hopeless cause now, it's 100% dedicated to stories about gay marriage or bridgegate in Jersey.

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  6. I for one am so pleased with this article. Maybe it's long overdue and maybe journalism sucks these days, but this is a great stuff. Articles like this take a shit ton of time and research, so prop to the authors and chicago mag for making this happen. Can't wait for part II.

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    1. According to the Chicago Sun Times "The audit reviewed a SAMPLE of 383 assault-related incident reports out of a total of 83,480 for 2012." They are trying to hide an urban take over and have met their match.

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    2. Can you say Pulitzer Prize!

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    3. Perhaps when the FBI gets the real Chicago crime stats from the past three or four years, those crime stats will force the governor to bring in the Illinois national guard to save what's worth saving in the ghetto neighborhood's of Chicago. Bring our Chicago Police Officers back to where they once were. Where they are needed. In neighborhoods where the children wave to the cop car when they pass by.

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  7. There is an enormous opportunity for a news outlet or serious investigative journalist to provide real reporting at all levels of government and become a huge sensation to the public. People are craving the truth and 100% fed up with the loser morons voted into office at all levels.

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    1. Agreed, even the renters.

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  8. and the house of cards folds. by by

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  9. Thank you Second City Cop, Crime In Boystown, Chicago Sun Times and Chicago Magazine

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    1. Amen. Great Job To All. Thank You

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    2. Love me some Noah Isackson from Chicago Magazine! He has written some excellent articles about the CPD. Google his name for more. THANK YOU!!

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  10. This is an enormous opportunity to begin to demand your mayor out of office.

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  11. Do I read this right that there is no murder charges brought unless the victim signs a complaint? Even Al Capone wouldn't understand that one. Please send this guy back to New Jersey now.

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    1. Where can we send Rahm?

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    2. As if he's to blame for "the Chicago Way" of the past 100 years. Shit, he was probably taught this the minute he arrived.

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  12. Big thanks to Noah Isackson. He's on this story for a while, and his piece was great. I hope it gets the attention it deserves.

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  13. You CWB are my 4th email. The first 3 went to the Governor, the Mayor and my Alderman about how outraged I am about this police reporting issue. They like PR so much I intend to continue to inundate them with complaints about McCarthy's lies. To think that my hard earned tax dollars go toward supporting this type of atrocity....I'm just at a loss for words. Except that firings are in order.

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    1. I completely agree with you and plan on writing letters myself. I don't know a lot about the law but I have to think an Attorney General investigation is in order!

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    2. I'm sure they'll read your letters and…….

      do nothing.

      Actually, I take that back. They won't even read your letter - they don't care about us.

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    3. Take our city back

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  14. As if anyone in Chicago tells the truth. You get lied to by the bank, the landlord, the bartender, the police, the car dealer, your employer....it's just "get the money, get the money" and worry about it tomorrow. Haven't you learned this yet? Really, in my 10 years here the only person that hasn't told me a bold faced lie is my dog and my dentist. Seriously, that's all I can come up with right now.

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    1. Can you give us a reco on the dentist?

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    2. A dentist who doesn't lie to pad the bill????? Please provide his name and number.

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    3. It takes a while but you'll find a good one here. No, I'm not providing his contact information unless I get a "kickback".

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  15. You know,for all the issues with reporting of crimes, I'm not sure I actually have a problem with this practice -- yes, it's important to have accurate information on the number of victims, but the number of actual separate incidents seems to me to be a more accurate representation of the frequency of crime. For example, if there were a shooting at a party (as there was this past weekend) were one shooter hits 6 or 8 different people), it seems to me that it is actually more accurate to call that ONE shooting. Reporting that as 6 or 8 separate shootings creates a false impression, no? Again, I certainly understand the need to report and track accurate info on the number of victims, but I would much prefer to have information on the number of separate incidents.

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    1. Re-read the article. The exact manner in which the crimes were classified for years has only recently changed. Assaults, robberies, etc.....not just shootings. Got it? Therefore, ALL previous comparisons between now and pre-change are muddied due to apples/oranges clown car reporting. The FBI doesn't even bother collecting Chicago stats for a reason. Any entry-level analyst at any one of 50 Chicago-based companies knows this, and would be fired immediately for reporting such nonsense.

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  16. Apparently even NPR is in the Mayor's pocket. This morning, they had maybe 3 sentences about the IG report and basically said the report was done, the report was made public yesterday, and that the IG "didn't find too many mistakes" in police reporting. Completely blown over and completely WRONG! I'm freaking appalled at NPR right now. I actually respect them more than most of the damn news outlets in this city, but this was absolutely ridiculous. I'm still just shaking my head. Appalling.

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    1. I cancelled my subscription a while ago. between toady-like reporting and discontinuing jazz programming(when they actually jumped the shark, in my opinion), i would rather give my contributions to the College of DuPage public station and support their excellent jazz programming. keep up the good work, CWB.

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  17. Now we need to push our representatives into getting us more money from the feds. Bottom line we NEED MORE COPS!!!

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    1. And just how are you going to do that with the abundance of "cash only" businesses in this city along with their workers that don't declare but 1/3 of what they rake in? "Non-profits" are popping up everywhere as well. I found it peculiar that one of my clients in a legit business paid his bill with money orders yet I know he lived in a $1 million home in the 'burbs. You're experiencing the fall-out of this "anti-establishment" stuff right here, right now. Even the taxi business has been effected by the new competition.

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    2. What are more cops going to do? Streamline the process of covering up homicides?

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    3. In reference to the above post, more cops will work and do what they have to. Please don't put this in them when it is the brass who changes things...

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    4. Don't blame the numbers cover up on the beat cop they just follow orders. Rahm and Mc lier give the orders. Lakeviews numbers wouldn't be as bad as they are now if 019 had the same number of cop pre-merger, how is that hard to figure out?

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    5. What I'm saying is the few foul minions of Rham can counteract any increase in honest beat cops.
      Constable-"we'll catch the guy who knocked your teeth out but there are several steps along the way (whether it's police commanders downgrading the crime, or prosecutors downgrading the crime, or judges downgrading the sentence, or a combo of all three) that will make sure the perp is given a slap on the wrist."

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    6. SCC has been saying this forever and FINALLY, a major local publication has picked it up and put it out like they have saying all along; that the manling and his blowhard minion have been cooking the books on crime statistics and using it to keep from hiring MORE police or just putting more money into the dept. for upkeep. these assholes dont care, as long as they have the manpower to over staff heavy democratic voter districts(you know, where nobody pays for anything and demands EVERYTHING) at the expense of the districts who DO PAY for services and get very little, if anything, like us here in Lakeview.

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  18. Up is down, black is white, the murderers in Chicago can rely on help from Emanuel. Just let that sink in; Rham is helping the murderers.

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  19. Rahm has to go . We need more cops . He wants to reward donors. Our safety depends on him being defeated.

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