by Doug Book, editor
Other than hitting the perfect tee shot, nothing is more gratifying than the sight of liberals hoisted by a petard fashioned of their own corruption.
In May of 2011, anti-gun lunatic Garry McCarthy was named Chicago Police Superintendent by mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Though making all of the usual promises about reducing the city’s crime rate, during his first full year–2012–Chicago recorded 507 murders, the most since 2008 and more than in any year since 2003.
Of course, more important than 507 dead was the fact that Emanuel’s approval rate seemed to decline another notch with the discovery of each new corpse.
So in January of 2013, Emanuel had a friendly sit-down with his police superintendent during which McCarthy was told that a repeat of the 2012 murder statistics would find him packing.
And lo and behold, a miracle occurred. In December of 2013, Emanuel and McCarthy called a joint press conference to inform Chicagoans that the city was on track “…to have its lowest homicide rate since 1967 and its lowest violent crime rate for nearly as long.” “This is not just 2013 against 2012,” said Emanuel. “This is 2013 against the last 40 years. That is what is significant.” Naturally, most of the media pitched in with round the clock praise for the mayor and his police wunderkind.
But not everyone was willing to accept the word of Chicago’s dynamic duo. Except for the spike in murders during 2012, Chicago’s crime rate had fallen dramatically from 2010 to 2013; TOO dramatically. “Index crimes,” the 8 violent and property crimes which make up the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, had dropped by 59% in the city. And this with 10% fewer police on the street than in 2011. A veteran police sergeant commented that the extraordinary reduction in crime “makes no sense,” continuing with, “and it makes absolutely no sense that people believe it. Yet people believe it.”
But Chicago’s inspector general and the people at Chicago Magazine did NOT believe it. This year, the IG’s office finalized an audit of assault related crimes in the city during 2012. The audit found that “…the department under-counted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent, based on the sample cases reviewed.” Chicago Magazine discovered examples of 10 murders; people “…who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents…”
In short, Police Superintendent McCarthy and department higher-ups accomplished their remarkable, 3 year reduction in crime by–to put it charitably–”…changing how certain crimes are categorized.” For example, homicides as initially reported by case officers would be quietly downgraded to non-criminal events. Chicago Magazine reported that “…many officers of different ranks and from different parts of the city recounted instances in which they were asked or pressured by their superiors to reclassify their incident reports or in which their reports were changed by some invisible hand. One detective refers to the “magic ink:” the power to make a case disappear.”
And unlike news of graft and corruption during the Daley years, this story is being reported. Two weeks ago, Chicago Magazine published the first of a two part article revealing the underhanded crime reporting methods of the CPD. The Chicago Sun Times revealed lies told by McCarthy, including his having assured a reporter that the department had NOT changed the way it “measures statistics;” that is, reports crimes.
Garry McCarthy has (probably with the knowledge of Rahm Emanuel) deceived the people of Chicago and done an unforgivable disservice to crime victims and their families. If this story gathers enough steam to damage Rahm Emanuel, McCarthy might well be gone.
And how will Emanuel handle it? If he tosses McCarthy under the bus by claiming to have known nothing about the crime reporting fraud, will McCarthy rat him out?
What fun, as December’s liberal heroes are revealed to be the slimy rats they are.