According to CNN, the murder rate in Chicago fell for the third time in a row in 2019. This continued a trend that started after an unusually deadly year in 2016.
The country’s third largest city recorded 490 murders this Tuesday, down 13 percent from 564 in 2018 and 35 percent from 756 in 2016, the highest number in the city in two decades.
A preliminary assessment by the Chicago Police Department also resulted in fewer shootings than in 2018, at 2,139 this year, a decrease of 9.6 percent from 2,367 the previous year.
The department is expected to announce further preliminary figures in the last hours of the year. The results of an FBI exam are expected to be available in the first weeks of 2020.
City leaders have attributed the improvement to the hiring of more police officers and a focus on investment in schools and social services.
“I think that all of these things that work together – being there, helping vulnerable victims, helping vulnerable communities – have led to the declines we’ve seen this year, and especially during the summer,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D). , who took office in May, said on CNN’s “New Day”.
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Johnson was later released from Lightfoot after falling asleep in his car. The mayor said he misled them for why he slept in the vehicle.
The city’s violence has also often been spearheaded by gun control opponents who refer to strict gun laws to prove that such measures are ineffective. Law supporters, including Johnson, point to the proximity to states such as Indiana and Wisconsin with far-fledged gun regulations.