“A Dead Body With A Hole In It Demands Attention,” But Not Necessarily In Chicago
One of the verities of crime statistics analysis is that homicide stats are more trustworthy than other kinds of statistics. But if the cops are under a lot of political pressure, as Chicago cops were after their recent murder spree, well, a bunch of homicides can turn into just plain dead bodies.
Chicago Magazine looks into ten recent cases of massaging the homicide stats.[The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates, By David Bernstein and Noah Isackson, Published April 7, 2014]
It`s still harder to make homicides disappear than burglaries, but it is eye-opening.