The FBI’s Latest Report Suggests The ‘Ferguson Effect’ Is Real

Were there really 765 murders in Chicago in 2016? A year after the city tallied 478, and the year before that 411? A reader unfamiliar with Chicago’s recent crime history would likely say the true number has to be 576 or, worst case, 675.

Alas, anyone who has been paying attention to violence in Chicago knows the FBI didn’t make a mistake — the shocking number is accurate. Chicago’s annual murder total jumped 86 percent in the space of two years, evoking memories of the early 1990s crack wars when annual homicide totals regularly approached 1,000.

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  • Clausewitz

    Black Lives only Matter depending on who pulls the trigger.

  • Maurice Miner

    It is interesting to note the peak Chicago murder rate was in 1990, almost 30% higher than current rates.

    Maybe the reduction of that rate was not as a result of the calming of the Crack Wars, but rather a demographic result of Roe -v- Wade in 1973?

    As an apparent result of Roe -v- Wade, was there a decreasing number of 17 year old gang-bangers from single parent famblys after 1990 (equivalent to the 30%), as they were being systematically aborted via Planned Parenthood.

    One day, we may find out the truth – depending of course upon who owns the future to be able to interpret the past.

  • BillyHW

    Wasn’t the election of Barack Obama supposed to give these gang-bangers a role model to look up to so they wouldn’t keep killing each other? How did that work out?

  • Bla Bla

    And that’s why they call it Chiraq.