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Chicago Murder Rate Up 34% Halfway Through 2020

Both the number of shootings and murders have risen since the same point last year, as radicals across the country demand to defund the police.


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Can a leftist radical please explain to Chicago why they should defund the police?

You could forgive them for resisting when you look at the shooting sprees that have been unfolding in the city each weekend. 

Year over year statistics starting in June 2019 through last month show that shootings and homicides are drastically increasing.

From the Chicago Sun Times:

Shootings and murders rose significantly in June compared to the same month last year, though overall crime is down at the halfway point of 2020, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Chicago Police Department.

The 9% drop through the end of June is for the general category including murder, criminal sexual assault, robbery, aggravated battery, burglary, theft and vehicle theft, according to a statement from police. Overall crime statistics for June alone were not immediately available.

Six months into the year, 329 people have been killed in Chicago, an increase of about 34% from the 246 homicides during the same period last year, according to police. Shootings in that period rose by about 42%, from 978 in 2019 to 1384 in 2020.

Shootings across the city increased by 75% last month alone, with 424 shootings in June 2020 compared to 242 in June 2019, according to police statistics. Murders in Chicago rose by 78%, with 89 reported in June 2020 compared to 50 in the same month last year."

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