Saturday, January 17, 2009

Chicago's Crime Problem

Erasing the 'murder capital' title Murders in Chicago came to 509, which almost equaled New York City - which has 3 times the population - had 522. That 509 was a 16% increase over the prior year. Other violent crimes also increased.

What will Chicago do? More of the same, namely, a war on gangs.
Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis aims to crack down on gangs with a new Gang Mobile Strike Force of 400 officers who are able to roam the city and be active where problems are most prevalent.
But not everyone is convinced.
"They've been waging a war on gangs for 40 years, and like Vietnam or Iraq, it's not working," UIC's [University of Illinois at Chicago] Mr. Hagedorn says.
With budget shortfalls, they can't even hire all the police they say they need. (Yet they are sending a small number to DC for the festivities.)

Mayor Dumbbell will call for more gun control. And the new regime in Washington, DC, will probably oblige.

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