CHICAGO (CBS) – Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and his boss, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on Monday touted a 69 percent drop in homicides in Chicago last month and a 42 percent drop from the first quarter of last year.
But the reality about the number of murders is a little more complicated, CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
If you weren’t paying close attention, you might have thought they were saying Chicago’s safer than it’s been in 50 years. In reality, it was simply a return to normal after a huge spike early last year.
Take a closer look at the numbers: 2013′s 70 first-quarter homicides was a major improvement over 2012′s 120 – but not over 2011 or 2010 or 2009.
When Levine suggested it’s misleading for City Hall to talk about a “blockbuster decrease” in homicides, McCarthy replied, “We’re 5 numbers below where we were two years ago.”