Chicago’s top cop: Slight drop in homicides ‘progress’ but ‘not success’
By STefano Esposito Staff Reporter September 3, 2013 1:42PM
Updated: September 3, 2013 3:27PM
The city’s top cop on Tuesday hailed August’s drop in murders and shootings over last year’s numbers as “progress,” but not outright success.
There were six fewer murders in August 2013 and 47 fewer shootings compared to 2012, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy told reporters at the Ninth District police station on the South Side.
McCarthy pointed out that the Ninth District — home to such Chicago neighborhoods as Bridgeport and Back of the Yards — has seen a 35 percent drop in murders and a 38 percent drop in “shooting incidents” in 2013 compared with the previous year.
And through the first eight months of the year, there were 85 fewer murders, 374 fewer shooting incidents and approximately 500 fewer victims of gun violence than during the same period last year, McCarthy said.
“These reductions in crime and violence throughout Chicago this year are progress, but they are not success,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy — repeating a favorite theme — said the city would do better combating gun violence if the state had tougher laws aimed at keeping illegal guns off the streets and tougher penalties for those who carry them.
McCarthy said his department recovered about 4,800 illegal guns during the first 35 weeks of the year.
“Those aren’t just numbers,” he said. “Those are illegal guns that drive violence.”