Chicago Reports Fewer Murders in 2017
CHICAGO'S MURDER RATE FELL BY 16% IN 2017, BUT STILL HIGHER THAN BEFORE 2016
Chicago, IL (WGN) – Chicago Police report the murder rate there declined by sixteen per cent last year.
The city recorded 650 murders in 2017.
That’s down from 771 the previous year.
Chicago has faced criticism for its high rate of gun violence; including from president Trump, who called the city a “total disaster.”
Almost 3,500 people were shot in Chicago last year, down from more than 4,300 in 2016.
Police attribute the decline to more than eleven-hundred new police officers, changes in policy and investments in technology like body cameras.
The city’s murder rate is still higher than during the period between 2007 and 2015, when it hovered between 400 and 500.
Chicago is notable for having more murders than New York and Los Angeles, which are larger cities.
But many cities like Atlanta, Washington and Memphis have higher murder rates when measured per capita.