2021 ends as Chicago’s deadliest year in a quarter century | Taiwan News

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CHICAGO (AP) – 2021 has ended as one of the most violent on record in Chicago, as an increase in shootings has claimed more lives than in a single year in a quarter of a century, according to statistics released by the police department on Saturday.

According to the department, 2021 ended with 797 homicides. This is 25 more than in 2020, 299 more than in 2019 and the most since 1996. And there were 3,561 shootings in 2021, a little more than 300 more than in 2020 and a number a staggering 1,415 more shootings than has been recorded. in the city in 2019.

Other cities have also seen an increase in the number of homicides. But Chicago, like in previous years, ended 2021 with more homicides than any other city in the United States, including New York and Los Angeles, both of which had recorded at least 300 fewer homicides than Chicago for the year. end December. , according to data from the police of these towns.

“We all know this has been a tough year here in the city of Chicago,” Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters at a press conference earlier this week. “Too many families are reeling from the loss of loved ones to senseless gun violence.”

Brown said most homicides are the result of conflict between rival gangs.

He tried to highlight some positive statistics when looking at the monthly crime figures and he continued to do so with the release of the year-end statistics.

He said, for example, that the department wiped out 400 homicides – a total that was higher than any year in nearly two decades. Saturday’s press release did not say how many of those cleared homicides had taken place in previous years, but did indicate that the clearing rate for the murders was just under 50%.

The department, which says it removes more illegal guns from the streets than any other local police force in the United States, said it removed a record 12,088 guns from the streets in 2021. That total coincided with the creation of a gun investigation team that focused on stopping the flow of illegal weapons into the city.

Brown, which has come under scrutiny by some members of city council and others as the death toll soars, said he hopes to increase the number of detectives investigating violent crime by 1,100 to 1,300 in the first few months of this year. And he said his goal was to reduce the number of cases for detectives from about five to three cases per detective.

He also said the department hopes to recruit more new officers this year and said, “There will be more officers on the streets, not just in patrol cars or behind offices, to interact with all residents of the city. Chicago.”

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