US crime city marks 500th mur­der

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHICAGO marked its 500th homi­cide of the year over the US La­bor Day hol­i­day week­end, after 13 peo­ple were shot dead in an on­go­ing spike in vi­o­lent deaths, the Chicago Tri­bune re­ported.

A surge of killings oc­curred between the early hours of Septem­ber 5 and 6 in what po­lice be­lieve was a spate of re­tal­ia­tory vi­o­lence mainly in­volv­ing gangs to avenge af­fronts from ear­lier in the week­end, the news­pa­per re­ported.

A to­tal of 65 peo­ple were shot over La­bor Day week­end, with nearly half of them in the last of the three days. Ac­cord­ing to the Tri­bune, the city’s 2016 homi­cide count now stands at 512 for 2016.

The Chicago Po­lice Depart­ment put the num­ber at 488 as of late Septem­ber 5, an of­fi­cer said.

The Tri­bune said its fig­ure was higher be­cause it in­cludes high­way killings and homi­cides which are con­sid­ered jus­ti­fi­able.

A re­tired pas­tor who was heard ar­gu­ing with an­other in­di­vid­ual was shot in the face and died near a hous­ing com­plex for se­nior cit­i­zens, the pa­per re­ported.

The uptick in vi­o­lent deaths has brought Chicago’s mur­der rate in line with lev­els not seen since the 1990s, when more than 900 peo­ple were killed an­nu­ally.

The deadly hol­i­day shoot­ings far out­paced Chicago’s other sum­mer three-day week­ends: six peo­ple died in shoot­ings over Memo­rial Day in May and five over In­de­pen­dence Day in July this year.

New York, in con­trast, ex­pe­ri­enced its safest sum­mer in more than 20 years ac­cord­ing to crime sta­tis­tics un­veiled on Septem­ber 6 by out­go­ing po­lice com­mis­sioner Bill Brat­ton. The city has long pro­claimed it­self the safest big city in the United States.

Over­all re­ported crime was down 5 per­cent in the three months from June-Au­gust com­pared to the same pe­riod in 2015, and down 73pc since 1994 when Comp­stat records came into ef­fect.

In Au­gust, mur­ders were down 2.9pc, rape down 6.7pc and rob­bery down 15pc com­pared to the same month in 2015.

For con­text, New York recorded 1946 mur­ders in 1993 and 352 in 2015.

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