With 3 days left in the month of August, the city of Chicago has recorded 84 homicides making it the deadliest month since October 1996 when 85 homicides were committed. In fact, as the Chicago Tribune points out, YTD through August, Chicago has recorded more homicides than New York City and Los Angeles, combined. So far Chicago has recorded 487 homicides in 2016 compared to 222 in New York and 176 in Los Angeles. This staggering data comes despite the fact that Chicago’s total population is roughly 20% the size of New York and Los Angeles.
This weekend was one of the most violent of the year in Chicago and one which claimed the life of Dwyane Wade’s cousin, Nykea Aldridge. Aldridge was reported to be pushing her baby in a stroller in the 6300 block of South Calumet Avenue when two men approached and began shooting at man walking near her.
HeyJackass! has the latest statistics on violent crime in Chicago. So far through the month of August Chicago has recorded 439 total shootings and 84 total homicides.
24/7 Wall St., as a note, recently named Garry McCarthy, former Police superintendent
Chicago, one of the 50 Least Powerful People In The World:
24/7 Wall St. compiled a list of 50 well-known individuals around the world who have recently experienced a precipitous loss in stature. These individuals, be they influential political figures, powerful executives, or successful athletes, have each fallen a great distance from their peak — some by their own doing and some as a result of circumstance.
Garry McCarthy had a long and distinguished career in public service before he was fired by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel from his position as Superintendent of Chicago Police. McCarthy headed Compstat, a statistical system for tracking crime in New York, served at ground zero after 9/11, and was eventually appointed by Newark, New Jersey Mayor Cory Booker to head up his city’s police force. Crime rates dropped considerably under his watch. However, when he was appointed top cop in Chicago, becoming the highest paid public official in the city, McCarthy’s career took a turn to the worst. An investigative report alleged that better crime numbers under McCarthy’s watch only reflected statistical tricks and not actual drops in crime. In 2015, following the release of a video depicting a white Chicago police officer shooting a black suspect more than a dozen times, Emanuel fired McCarthy.