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Old 04-22-2014   #41
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Default Chicago "drinking from a firehose"

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Chicago police face overwhelming gun crime as 45 people shot over weekend; Police officials point to need for stricter gun laws after city suffers bloody Easter weekend in which nine people were killed
Link:http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...ce-nine-killed
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This thread was closed in 2014, it then had 40 posts and 14k views. It has now been re-opened in view of recent developments.
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Default Spike in crime; morale slides: not good signs

Policing in Chicago has come to the attention of The Economist with a long article on the current position and the start of reforms:http://www.economist.com/blogs/democ..._police_force_

A couple of sentences illustrate CPD's problems:
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The last six months has been one of the worst periods in the CPD’s history....The number of people shot in Chicago so far this year passed 1,000 this week, six to nine weeks earlier than in the previous four years, according the Chicago Tribune. Murders rose 64% in the period from January 1st to April 17th. If current trends continue, as seems likely, Chicago’s murder rate will reach around 570 by the end of the year, up from 468 last year and 416 in 2014....One of the reasons for the spike in shootings and murders is the low morale of CPD officers. Many feel that they are doing a tough, unpopular job.
Thanks to a Chicago "lurker" for this graphic, which sadly says far more on the crime rate:http://heyjackass.com/#st_refDomain=...ery=/appsuite/
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A lengthy Time article, with the oddity of CPD being seen as a 'laboratory' when reality was hellish:
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Just a few months ago, the Chicago police department was regarded as America's laboratory of police science
Link:http://time.com/chicago-police-3/?xid=tcoshare

Curiously one cited witness features as a CPD officer who by mistake kills the wrong citizen.
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