Watch: Who's to Blame? Outrage Aimed at Chicago PD as City Ends 2016 With 762 Homicides

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 04: A Chicago police officer guards the perimeter of a crime scene where six people were found slain inside a home on the city's Southwest Side on February 4, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Last month Chicago recorded 51 homicides, the highest toll for the month since at least 2000. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Watch: Who's to Blame? Outrage Aimed at Chicago PD as City Ends 2016 With 762 Homicides

Chi-Town had more murders than New York and LA combined.

Published January 2, 2017

  1. In the year 2016, the city of Chicago experienced a record number of homicides

    In 2015, Chicago reported 485 homicides. The most recent report revealed that 2016 was the most violent year the city has seen in two decades. The 762 reported Chicago homicides are more than New York and Los Angeles homicides combined.

    In 2016, the NYPD had logged 334 homicides while the LAPD had 294, reported New York Daily News.

  2. During a news conference on Sunday, Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson spoke of the issues he feels the city is experiencing and how they will make changes in 2017
  3. The press conference triggered a fiery debate on facebook about the efficiency of the Chicago Police department
  4. And many believe that the rise in crime came from a decline in police presence

    CBS’s 60 Minutes acquired data from the Freedom of Information Act revealed that police activity dropped in all 22 police precincts.

    According to the records, Chicago police officers stopped and questioned 49,257 individuals; however, just a year later, the amount of stops dropped 80 percent.

    Many believe that part of the problem comes from the discourse between the police department and the community. For police to be able to do their job, the community has to have a sense of trust, and many feel that trust is strongly lacking between Chicago’s police and its residents. 

  5. The current statistics make many hopeful that Chicago will improve its current condition

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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