Did anybody notice Chicago suffered its most violent month in 20-years?

August was the most violent month Chicago has experienced since October 1996.

  • This weekend alone Chicago had 67 shootings and 11 homicides.

  • Despite an almost 10 million population difference, Chicago has more homicides in 2016 than New York City and Los Angeles combined.

  • Austin, Englewood, and Garfield Park are the most violent neighborhoods in Chicago.

While the nation argues over the moral responsibility of a football player standing during the National Anthem, did anybody notice Chicago suffered its most violent month in 20-years? It appears not.

Chicago had 84 homicides in August alone.

The homicide stats are in for the Windy City for the month of August, and it does not look good. In just this month 439 people have been shot. Out of those 439, 74 were killed. Add ten additional homicides not by gunshot and Chicago has 84 homicides in August. Remind you, there is still a couple of days left to go before the month ends.

Chicago has not seen 80 homicides in a month since October of 1996. In 1996, there were 85 homicides in October and August, then in June the city saw 90. August marked a very violent month, as this last weekend alone 67 people were shot and there were 11 homicides.

Chicago has more homicides in 2016 than Los Angeles and New York City combined.

Surprisingly, Chicago normally holds a lower homicide rate than cities with lower populations. However, this year that is not the case. Chicago already has more homicides in 2016 than New York City and Los Angeles combined. This is alarming since both cities have a larger population than Chicago.

Chicago’s population sits at roughly 2.6 million people. In 2016 there have been 2,858 people shot, with 439 ending as a homicide. In total, Chicago has had 487 homicides in 2016.

New York City’s population is 8.4 million people. The city almost triples Chicago’s population, but with 760 shootings, and 222 homicides, NYC does not compete with Chicago’s violence. Los Angeles, has a population of 3.8 million, has had 729 shootings, and 176 homicides.

Even with the two cities combined population outnumbering the Windy City’s population by almost 10 million, Chicago has nearly a hundred more homicides for this year, and over a thousand more shootings.

The peak of violent crimes in Chicago.

Chicago watched the rise of violent crimes begin in the 60s. By 1974, the city had over 3 million residents and peaked at 974 homicides that year. The population dropped to under 3 million by 1992, but homicides surged once again that year with a total of 943 homicides.

After 1992, the homicide number slowly began to decline. By 2004, Chicago Police Department adopted some techniques from New York and Los Angeles police departments and was able to bring the homicides down to 448. The lowest the city had seen since 1965.

The three most dangerous neighborhoods in Chicago.

In Chicago, the homicide rate drastically changes from neighborhood to neighborhood. So far in 2016, Austin appears to be the worst neighborhood in Chicago with 55 homicides and 281 others shot.

The infamous Englewood tied with Austin’s 55 homicides. Englewood had a slightly lower number of people shot than Austin, reporting 235 so far this year.

Garfield Park has reported 33 homicides and 213 shootings in 2016. This puts Garfield Park as the third most dangerous neighborhood in Chicago.

The 20 to 34 age bracket holds the most homicide victims.

When it comes to weapons, guns are the weapon of choice in the streets of Chicago. Gunshot homicides make up 90.1% of all homicides in 2016 with a total of 430. Stabbings only account for 6.1%, totaling 21 homicides.

The average age demographic for homicide victims in Chicago is 20 to 34. In 2016 that age bracket accounts for 227 homicides, and 1,216 were wounded. There have been 75 homicides for those between the ages of 13 to 19. Those between the ages of 35 and 54 have suffered 74 homicides and 242 wounded. Sadly, 12 and under has suffered 3 homicides and 17 wounded, and 55 and over account for 19 homicides and 39 wounded.

Over 300 homicides have had no subject charged.

The legal system in Chicago must be completely backed up, one would assume with the high number of shootings. The cold reality is that most of these homicides do not even warrant an investigation.

In 2016, there have only been 80 suspects charged with a homicide. Leaving 302 homicides declared as a no suspect charged. Eight of this year’s homicides were declared self-defense, six were police related, and four were declared to be murder/suicide.

Do Black Lives Matter in Chicago?

With such a high homicide rate for the African-American community, many have asked where the Black Lives Matter movement is to help on the streets of these predominately black neighborhoods.

As of now, African-Americans total 372 of Chicago’s homicides in 2016. To give a comparison, Hispanics total 78, and white/other total 24. Meaning, the African-American community clearly is the biggest victim of gun violence in the Chicago streets.

In July, following the shooting of Alton Sterling, BLM Chicago shut down Downtown Chicago. While the move was made to shut down the city after the police shooting in Louisiana, there was no rally for the 442 shot the month prior in the streets of Chicago.

2016 may be the bloodiest year Chicago has seen in 20- years!

If Chicago continues at the same pace we saw last weekend, 2016 could be the bloodiest year the city has seen since the 90s. The average homicide rate throughout the 90s was 600 to 700, depending on the year. The city is only 113 homicides short of having the same homicide rate it did 20-years ago.



About Meko Haze

Meko Haze is an independent journalist by day... and an independent journalist by night.

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