CHICAGO (CBS) — Crime is rising in Chicago as arrest rates drop – and we wonder why.
As CBS 2’s Sabrina Franza reported Friday night, it’s the families of the victims who are still seeking justice — like the one we just met — who are hurting the most.
“He was so excited about turning 18,” Jerryce Carter said of his son, Lee Carter Jr., as she broke down, “and having it taken away from him? be taken away from him? Because he was so excited to be 18!”
Police said at 2:20 a.m. Saturday, April 9, Carter Jr. was standing in the driveway of his home in the Longwood Manor neighborhood when shots were fired.
Carter Jr. was shot in the chest and rushed to Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn. But he didn’t succeed.
“I would never wish that on my worst enemy. A mother – it’s a pain that will break you, that will take your life,” Ms. Carter said, “and then, on top of that, you have to figure out what, Why ?”
Carter Jr.’s mother has no justice. There were no arrests and no leads.
“They have nothing to be ashamed of, so how can they do their job if no one else is helping them?” said Mrs. Carter.
It turns out that the speed at which the CPD has solved cases for many violent crimes is at a shocking level.
We calculated the numbers using public city data. In 2022, there were at least 2,422 robberies, but only 145 arrests, which is 41% less in 2022 than in 2019.
In 2019, before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were similar rates of thefts, but nearly 250 arrests.
Meanwhile, there have been 3,980 motor vehicle thefts this year – but only around 136 arrests. This equates to about three out of 100.
“You have to build trust, and you have to have trust in the community; witnesses have to come forward. You have to be able to work with people to solve the crime,” said Craig Futterman, clinical professor of law at the University. from Chicago, “and what we also saw in that time was this trust in the police, and it’s almost like a vicious circle.”
Futterman says there is also a problem with police training and resources which is driving down the number of crime cases.
“So there haven’t been enough detectives to investigate, solve crimes, and take crimes like theft seriously,” Futterman said.
All the Carter family wants is for their son’s case to be taken seriously.
“Community – we need to stick together,” Ms Carter said. “There are too many of our young children dying senselessly on these streets.”
There is one category of arrests that is increasing – weapons violations are up 19% since 2019.
We asked the Chicago Police Department to tell us why they think arrest rates are so low. They said arrest rates were actually up for murder and aggravated assault in 2022 compared to 2021
The CPD released this statement:
“The Chicago Police Department is focused on improving public safety in all Chicago communities through increased visibility, positive engagement and ongoing collaboration. violent street offenders. The violent crime effort is part of the Department’s partnership with city departments and agencies to address the root causes of violence.