Murderland Chicago: CBS Claims, We’re Not The ‘Murder Capital’ Of, Well, Anything


Thanks to recent headlines, you’d think the FBI rolled out the red carpet and handed Chicago a beautiful, hand-engraved (in cursive!) plaque that reads “Murderiest Murder City in Murderland.” In reality, the FBI did no such thing.

All they did was publish 2012′s crime statistics. In fact, at the end of a statement released Sept. 16, they even cautioned against using these statistics for ranking purposes, saying, “These rough rankings provide no insight into the numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region.”

If the FBI admits their numbers create “misleading perceptions,” then why are we, well, propagating misleading perceptions? Chicago had to have done something to earn the “murder capital” title everyone’s been using the past week, right? Chicago had more murders than any other city in the United States. According to the FBI, that number was 500. The Chicago Police put that number nearer 506. Whichever number you use, we can agree that it’s too high. But Chicago is the third biggest city in the country.

While it’s disappointing we had such a large number of homicides in 2012, more than Los Angeles and New York–the two cities in the country that have a higher populations than Chicago–it’s misleading to say this number is an accurate interpretation of Chicago’s problem with violence. Especially when compared to other cities.Continue Reading

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