Chicago Violence Worst In 20 Years: "Not Seen This Level Of Disrespect For Police Ever"

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For months we've been writing about the staggering rise of violence in Chicago.  As the year has worn on, the grim milestones have added up: the deadliest month in 23 years, the deadliest day in 13 years, 4,300 people shot...the list goes on and on.  With five days left in 2016, official police records indicate that homicides in Chicago surged 57% YoY and shootings spiked 46%.  To put those numbers into perspective, Chicago recorded over 20% more murders in 2016 than New York and Los Angeles combined, despite having a fraction of the population.  Per the Chicago Tribune:

Through Dec. 26, 754 people were slain in Chicago compared with 480 during the same period last year, an increase of 57 percent, according to official Police Department statistics. The last time Chicago tallied a similar number of killings was in 1997, when 761 people were slain. Shooting incidents also jumped by 46 percent this year to 3,512 from 2,398, the statistics show.


What's more, crimes went up by double digits in nearly every major category, including criminal sexual assaults, robberies and thefts.


The city's homicides outpaced New York City and Los Angeles combined, even though their populations far exceed Chicago's 2.7 million people. According to official statistics through Dec. 18, the most recent publicly available, New York and Los Angeles had a combined 613 homicides, fewer than Chicago's total. In addition, there were a combined 2,306 shooting victims in the two cities, about half of Chicago's total.

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The scale of the YoY surge in violence is unprecedented going back to 1960 and puts the city on track for its most violent year in nearly two decades.

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A countless number of studies have been conducted in attempt to explain the sudden rise in violence.  Studies have focused on everything from weather patterns to declines in finances for social services to changes in police response though none could be definitively linked to the sudden and dramatic increase.  And while the liberal elites of our nation's most prestigious universities would like for you to believe that stricter gun laws would eradicate violence, as we've pointed out before, Chicago already has the toughest gun laws in the country (see "Soaring Chicago Gun Violence Amid 'Toughest Gun Laws' Crushes Clinton Narrative For More 'Controls'").

In a recent interview at police headquarters, Superintendent Eddie Johnson and his second-in-command, First Deputy Superintendent Kevin Navarro, speculated on the rise in homicides. They blamed, in part, a perceived willingness by criminals to settle disputes with guns, and what they say is a failure on the part of the justice system to hold them accountable.


"We used to respond to gang fights in progress … now we respond to shots fired," Navarro said. "People fought. Now everyone picks up the gun. Just like that."

At lease one "gang expert" blames the dissolution of the organized gangs on the 90's that turned "a culture of obedience" into "a culture of autonomy."

Gang expert John Hagedorn noted that by the late 1990s, the organized gang wars for power and dominance were starting to become less commonplace. Gang leaders went to jail. The nationwide crack epidemic was coming to an end, causing the gangs to make less money in narcotics than before, he said. Chicago's sprawling public housing complexes were also being torn down, Hagedorn noted, sending gang members to different parts of the city where other gangs were in control.


All of these elements shifted the nature of the city's gangs from "a culture of obedience" to "a culture of autonomy," he said.


"Kids were off on their own. The nature of the violence swings," said Hagedorn, a professor of criminology, law and justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago. "Rather than violent orders from the top … violence today is local between sects and it's spontaneous, not structured. And there's nobody around to control it."

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But, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attributes the rise in violence to a growing level of "disrespect" for the police...something he says is intensified by the mainstream media's disdain for law enforcement officials.

Johnson, in the recent interview, said negative attitudes toward the police began to grow in 2014 when a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Mo. The McDonald shooting intensified that distrust and anger in Chicago.


These incidents diminished the respect that police once had, emboldening criminals, Johnson said.


"The level of disrespect I see for police now, I've never seen it like this in 28 years," he said. "The willingness of the bad guy to engage a police officer, I've never, it's just different. … Before, they didn't engage the police like they do now."


"Now, the police are perceived as the bad guy, and they're not given the benefit of the doubt anymore," Johnson said. "Back then in '98, it was the total reverse. ... Don't think that the bad guy doesn't look at what's (happening) on CNN and say, 'Oh, they're really giving it to the police. Now is my time to shine.'"


Indeed, officers have told the Tribune that morale was lower this year. Officers described taking a more cautious approach to their work, concerned they could end up in a viral video, sued or fired.

Of course, this "Ferguson Effect" or "legal cynicism" that leads to complete disrespect for law enforcement is something we've highlighted frequently this year (see "Milwaukee Homicides Soar - What Is Going On In the Murderous Midwest?").  And while the mainstream media is partially to blame for its intentional efforts to delegitimize police authority, comments like the ones below from our nation's commander-in-chief probably don't help either.

September 2014 Comments at the Congressional Black Caucus Awards Dinner - “Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement, guilty of walking while black, or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness. We know that, statistically, in everything from enforcing drug policy to applying the death penalty to pulling people over, there are significant racial disparities.


November 2014 Comments Regarding Ferguson grand jury decision - “The law too often feels like it’s being applied in a discriminatory fashion….Communities of color aren’t just making these problems up….These are real issues. And we have to lift them up and not deny them or try to tamp them down.”


May 2015 Comments at Lehman College - The catalyst of those protests were the tragic deaths of young men and a feeling that law is not always applied evenly in this country. In too many places in this country, black boys and black men, Latino boys, Latino men, they experience being treated differently by law enforcement -- in stops and in arrests, and in charges and incarcerations. The statistics are clear, up and down the criminal justice system; there’s no dispute.

Of course, President-elect Trump has been clear in his steadfast support of the nation's police officers but only time will tell if "tough talk" can be converted into safer streets.

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Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"The level of disrespect I see for police now, I've never seen it like this in 28 years," he said. "The willingness of the bad guy to engage a police officer, I've never, it's just different. … Before, they didn't engage the police like they do now."

Clearly the person quoted in the headline and above didn't live through the 60"s and 70's when cops were pigs and to be distrusted. Always!

flaminratzazz's picture

They are the ones geared for war and they are surprised when the people act like they are the invading army?

wtf is wrong with these idiots?

Gump..forest Gump

VWAndy's picture

 Im gonna go with the lack of integrity and or accountability for 1000 Alex.

abyssinian's picture

It was Russia! Putin's spy hacked in to the gangs and encourage them to kill more this year.  

VWAndy's picture

 The only ones buying that line are paid to.

auricle's picture


Solution 1: Hold tight Chicago, Trumps police state is coming soon. 

Solution 2: Make it easier for citizens to defend themselves by doind away with 2nd ammendment restrictions. 

weburke's picture

Rap music has SUBLIMINAL MESSAGING always built into that background

BaBaBouy's picture

Legacy... GooooooBama ...

BaBaBouy's picture

Like What IS... The Murder Solve Rate, 0.5% ???

cheka's picture

it has only begun.  there are millions of violent entitled neglected angry obombanoid criminals-in-training at public skoolz across the kountry.  it will get worse before it gets better

tazs's picture
tazs (not verified) cheka Dec 31, 2016 6:45 PM

Israeli-born Rahm, the mayor of under-siege Chicago, is the very personification of America's CURSE.

Son of Loki's picture

"If you want to keep your safe neighborhoods, you can keep your safe neighborhoods."


They should make Sotero and the woookie live amonst these perps for a year to show just what they did to this nation.

Vageling's picture

I doubt walking around with a tranny will give o-butt-o-hurt much street cred. He will have his "chain" stolen within the hour. Popped within days. 

DullKnife's picture


Black city.....

Run for decades by Dems....

Oppressive, illegal gun control (a Dem goal) disarmed the law abiding....

Obama pushing cop-hate and white-hate.....

Obama blatantly disobeying U.S. laws....Blacks take notice and feel if their Prez don hafta obey de lawz, den dey don haffa.

Plus NEA-run schools where 10 Commandments are morality is not taught...

And local cops scared of Obama and his currupt "Justice Dept".

Gee, duh?


dasein211's picture

And they get acces to AR-15's. People want a shooting war. They're going to get one.

dogsandhoney2's picture

yep, rahm has completely f'ed up chicago with his neoliberal agenda.
almost seems like citizen safety is not in his performance evaluation.
so, in that regard he's probably the best ever.

Freddie's picture

Go Bama? Are you a dumb white who cheers on the Trayvon rapists and thugs in the NCAA, NBA and NFL?  Those white sheep cucks are pathetic.   Morons.

Mr. Bones's picture

Pretty happy that I left Chicago in 2015.

With regard to speculation, distrust or even disrespect of the fuzz is hardly confined to Chicago.  Clearly there is some other exacerbating factor.

peddling-fiction's picture

Chicago is bad. Really bad. Do not want to give it any free passes.

How about Miami in the 80's?

VWAndy's picture

 Camdon NJ is another. But DC sets the bar.

SWRichmond's picture

Pull back 50 miles, block the roads, and turn off the power.  When the refugees arrive at the roadblocks, tell them at gunpoint they have to go back.

The cities voted for free shit / Clinton.  The cities voted to steal the product of my labor, and have it delivered to themselves. Fuck the cities.

It's like a virus / contagion, and we have to isolate it.

VWAndy's picture

 Still thinking they actually count the votes?  Interesting.

SWRichmond's picture

Whether they counted them or not, we know what they want, and we know they are willing to send armed men to our houses to take it.

TBT or not TBT's picture

Escape From Shitcongo: Snake is Back and he is Plissed.  

Son of Loki's picture

There must be some nice parts of Shitcago since so many corp offices are there like Boeing, AMA, etc.


TBT or not TBT's picture

Yes.  America has lots of bad neighborhoods fairly close to good ones, in Democrat run cities.  

Cheka_Mate's picture

South of McCormick Center/Chinatown is a "No Go Area" 

The areas listed on the map are notoriously dangerous.

If you have ever seen the movie "Black Hawk Down", you can imagine why driving through these areas is a bad idea.


Vageling's picture

The song from Black Hawk Down instantly comes to mind: Barra Barra 

"Barra Barra (Out! Out!)

 Sadness, hate and the reign of arbitrary.

Barra Barra

Destruction, jealousy; there is no trust left.

Barra Barra

Thirst and people are unlucky.

Barra Barra

No honor, but oppression and slavery.

Barra Barra

Rivers were dried up and seas have reined everything.

Barra Barra

Stars are switched off and the sun went down.

Barra Barra

There are no trees left and the birds stopped singing.

Barra Barra

There are neither days, nor nights left, darkness only.

Barra Barra

Hell; there is no beauty left.

Barra Barra"




Or if you like the Russian flavour =p

peddling-fiction's picture

I have gone through Camden. It is an area where you pray your car does not break down.

<-- I hope your car breaks down there jack.

general ambivalent's picture

It's because they're all attack-helicoptersexuals. If they were all faggots putting up art around the city it'd be perfectly safe. Oh wait, oh shit, Omar's coming!...

MEFOBILLS's picture
Don't Make the Black Kids Angry': The hoax of black victimization and those who enable it. 


Below is Colin Flaherty's youtube channel. LIberals especially should watch Colin's videos to then de-hypontize themselves.  This is especially important if you are lying to yourself and your kids about reality, which puts both you and your family in danger (your liberal stupidity is life threatening.)

Obama administration and Liberals tell young blacks that they are perpetual victims of white racism.  Therefore, young blacks see everything through a racial prism.  Since they are perpetual victims, then it is ok to lash out - especially against white people.  Black on white crime is off the charts.

Cops are victimized, and over time become hardened.  The actual story is that crime is under-reported, and Cops are under-responding to the violence.

The "youths" are also targeting Asians.  Asians are considered soft targets.  Worse, Asian success totally destroys Liberal narrative that black underperformance is due to some sort slavery legacy.  Some Asian groups are successful even with limited English proficiency.

Chicago has always been a crime center for Khazarian Mafia.  New York and Chicago are the two centers of excellence for our ((friends)))  Our Zionist friends have always used blacks as agents to tear down civil society.  Our Bolsheveist friends are revolutionaries that require violent agitation - to then get the changes they want.  They want to be in charge - Kabala requires it for their messiah to return.  Private banking credit power funds this usurpation of civilization.

Post WW2 up to 1965 reforms, black familes were fairly stable and only had a 25% out of wedlock birth rate.  Today, after our liberal friends "great society" and all of their feminist nonsense aimed at destroying the black family, has caused black out of wedlock birth rate to climb upwards to 75%.  If you pay black females to have children out of wedlock, do you think that might actually influence them to then have kids out of wedlock?  Shanikwa has 6 kids from six different fathers.  

Black boys in particular have higher testosterone levels, and low impulse control.  They need a BLACK MAN in the family, to then kick their ass when they get out of hand.  Cops need to do a beat down when the youths start wilding.   Liberal dumb-ass whites, and Jewish perfidy prevent proper black families from forming.  LIberal dumb-assism also teaches that all the races are the same - this is an obvious lie. 

(Yes, it was Jewish money and Jewish agents who formed the NAACP - thus usurping Booker T.Washington's proper conservative approach to black family formation.)





johnconnor's picture

If black women could keep their legs crossed for a bit and didn't get impregnated by multiple men, that don't want anything to do with them
and are too careless to even use a condom, just to cash some more handouts, it would be a step forward ...

Intelligence_Insulter's picture

Black women pump out welfare checks and future prison inmates as they were trained to do.  Black men pump crack into the very same communities.  If it wasn't for welfare and the state subsudizing this behavior they would not be in the inner cities or anywhere for that matter.  Nigger culture has got to go.

Promethus's picture

The closeout begins January 20. Drain the ghetto swamp 

Son of Loki's picture

I remember seeing that rap video that was spread widely by BLM teaching blacks and encouraging blacks to attack and rob Chinese. It certainly caused a stir where I live since the Chinese ARE big targets of blacks already but that video put it over the top.

It's one more reason any Asian with common sense voted for Trump. Perhaps the most active Trump supporters were the Chinese-Americans in Pennsylvania who even went door-to-door endorsing trump and also mobilized literally hundreds of SUVs to help Amish get to the pools. Korean-Americans also strongly supported the Trumpmeister.

LithiumWarsWAKEUP's picture

Yeah, no integrity. Not any Daddy's for a lot of the negro's, and raised by women. Women emotions...woman.  Boys need men emotions,,,  They need jobs,,,integrity, accountability. Same as the 60's,,,70's, no good jobs, no dad, no family. Times are tough, but hey you have to be tougher. Have to try,,and these aholes ain't tryin'. Therein lies the problem. Everyone got their own Consciousness to deal with. Don't tell me you have to sell drugs. I could care less about the Prohibition. These aholes would just find something else to avoid ANY type of work. thus, they are niggers. Plain and simple. Same with white trash. Same mindset.


Well, gun control really worked in Chicago - right ? Right ?

Only thing you can do now is make it a gun free zone.

That aparrently works like a hot damm as well.  

Or, just put a wall around it, and air drop pallets of guns and ammo until it gets real quiet in there.

Problem solved.  

boattrash's picture

When I compare the Stats of shootings, to Stats of FATAL shootings, it tells me one thing...these fuckers can't shoot worth a damn.

Troy Ounce's picture
City Of Chicago Working Around Clock To Clear 18 Inches Of Bullet Casings From Streets

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Or emergency medical treatment has gotten really good with all the practice.

One of the 'benefits' of the US being at war continuously for the last 15+ years. Meatball surgery has come a long way.

any_mouse's picture

It goes both ways.

The military relies on urban hellhole general hospitals to train on real life GSW.

The hospital relies on rotating military to add staff without increasing headcount.

A fine example of military civilian partnership.

Forward Soviet!

any_mouse's picture

"When I compare the Stats of shootings, to Stats of FATAL shootings, it tells me one thing...these fuckers can't shoot worth a damn."

They need to be taught proper gun control.

TBT or not TBT's picture

They could just glue some decent Night Sights on the side of the slide.  That'd hop up the stats and save emergency room expenses. 

Offthebeach's picture

Maybe the ERs and EMS are good. Getting lots of pratice. +/- 11 shootings a day. Not including pratice with stabbings, car accidents, near fatal book reading exposure....

Robert Trip's picture

You left out accidents on the job.

That's a biggie.