2020 has seen rising violence in many of America’s larger cities, but it’s been particularly bad in Chicago. The overall figures for shootings and other violent crimes have been regularly reported, but one aspect of these trends is particularly disturbing. Increasingly, many of the attacks have been against the police. We’re not talking a small amount, either. The number of times that Chicago PD officers have been shot at or struck by bullets is a full 300% higher than during the same period in 2019. That’s a much sharper rise than the jump in overall shootings seen in the Windy City. This alarming statistic should have everyone worried. (Washington Examiner)
Statistics from the Chicago Police Department released Sunday and reported by the Chicago Sun-Times show 67 officers have been shot at, with 10 of them struck by bullets. The uptick is four times more than last year, when 17 officers were shot at, two being struck by gunfire.
Through Oct. 31 of this year, 655 murders were recorded in Chicago. In 2019, only 431 were recorded during the same period. That’s a 51% increase from last year. In 2016, there were 612 murders by Oct. 25.
This year, 3,465 people were shot in the city, rising by 56% from 2019, when 2,221 people were shot in the same time frame.
Those are some grim numbers, to say the least. We’re fortunate that none of Chicago’s police officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, but the brazen nature of the regular attacks on them is yet another sign of the deterioration of law and order in our major metropolitan areas. Much of the violence can be attributed to Chicago’s perpetual gang problems, but not all of it. Going from 17 incidents of gunfire directed at police in 2019 to 67 thus far in 2020 is simply too significant to write off as a statistical anomaly.