This past Saturday Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took issue with President Trump not recognizing some great accomplishment in her city. She tweeted this: “WATCH: Chicago shooting incidents are down sharply. But both Trump and largely the national media have been silent.”
Watch the MSNBC video here where they state that shootings are down 40% from three years ago.
The basis for their comparison claim is 2016 where Chiraq had 801 homicides and 4,380 shootings. That was a RECORD year of shootings/homicides that they have not seen in the past ten years.
Apparently the MSNBC and the good mayor are using this record-breaking year of shootings/homicides as the comparison to today’s rate to tout some improvement. But let’s take a closer look at the numbers, shall we?
Since 2014 Chiraq has averaged 2,975 shootings per year (I excluded the 2016 total as it was an anomaly). If the number of shootings were down 40%, there would have to be less than 1,785 shootings. As of Sunday morning, Chiraq had 2,736 shootings.
Since 2009 Chiraq has averaged 509 homicides per year (I excluded the 2016 total as it was an anomaly). As of Sunday morning, Chiraq had 508 homicides. So they basically have an average amount of homicides as they have every year since 2009.
So far this year in Chiraq:
2,281 shot and wounded
10.6% homicide clearance rate
Clever trick for MSNBC and the good mayor to use a record-breaking year of shootings/homicides as the baseline for some great indicator that things are better in Chiraq.
I guess when you have no REAL accomplishment you have to spin the numbers so you can say #OrangeManBad.
See Chicago’s crime stats here and let me know if you really find anything you would brag about if you were the mayor of that crime-infested city.
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