Recent Event Highlights: Overall crime down, homicides up in Chicago, Chicago gun ban deliberated before Supreme Court, Holder and Duncan in Chicago to address Albert's death, Chicago teenager Derrion Albert killed in beating, Murder down 10.5 percent in 2009, Supreme Court rules against gun ban in historic case, and 2 more...
Created by chicagoloopster on May 24, 2010
Last updated: 05/27/10 at 12:21 PM
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Chicago Police said that violent crime was down 11 percent in 2010, but murder was up about 8 percent over the same period in 2009. (Image courtesy Flickr user caribb)
State representatives John Fritchey (D-Chicago) and LaShawn Ford (D-Chicago) asked for the aid of the Illinois National Guard to help handle the violence in Chicago. The call for help sparked disagreement between local politicians, according to The Final Call. (http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/National_News_2/article_6998.shtml)
In McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court decides on the constitutionality of Chicago's gun ban. Reports suggest that the Court is leaning towards repealing the law, and that the decision would affect the nation, not just Chicago. (Image courtesy Flickr user kcdsTM)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Education Secretary Arne Duncan were in Chicago, sent by President Barack Obama. "Holder called for a 'comprehensive, coordinated approach' to teen violence involving not just law enforcement but also local religious organizations, businesses and social service groups," an MSNBC article said.
Derrion Albert, a student at Fenger High School, was killed during a melee in which Albert was only a bystander. The death received national attention that focused on youth violence. (Video from Associated Press)
According to the Chicago police, overall crime in 2009 was down almost 9 percent and murder was down 10.5 percent compared to 2008. (Image courtesy Flickr user urbanfeel)
In a 5-4 decision,the Supreme Court ruled that the District of Columbia can't keep a citizen from having a handgun at home. (Image courtesy Flickr user dbking)
Crime in Chicago went down almost 7 percent overall, but number of murders remain the same compared to 2004, according to police.
In 2003, there were 598 murders according to police.
By 2000, murders were down by almost 33 percent since 1994 in Chicago, according to the Chicago police. (Image courtesy Flickr user vxla)
http://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/News/Statistical Reports/Index Crime Statistics/2001 Index Crime Statistics/FTR.GGDupdate.pdf
In 1992 there were 943 homicides in Chicago, the most of the decade, according to Chicago police.
Chicago imposes a strict gun ban to help stop gang violence and firearm violence. (Image courtesy Flickr user MPBecker)