12:11 PM / Thursday November 30, 2023

5 Mar 2016

Police: Homicides rise in Chicago, illegal gun seizures fall

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
March 5, 2016 Category: Week In Review Posted by:

By Don Babwin


CHICAGO — There have been about twice as many homicides and shootings so far this year in Chicago as compared to the same period in 2015, but the number of illegal guns seized has dropped, police said Tuesday.

There were 95 homicides and more than 400 shooting incidents as of the end of February, the Chicago Police Department reported in a release. But the department has seized at least 110 fewer illegal guns than in the same period last year, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. The month of February saw 43 homicides, 165 shootings and 187 shooting victims.

“The level of violence is unacceptable,” the police release said.

Along with a dramatic drop in the number of street stops made by officers, that total adds to evidence that the release of a video showing the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald – and subsequent scrutiny of the department – has led to officers being less aggressive in efforts to combat crime.

McDonald was a black Chicago teenager who was shot 16 times by a white police officer in 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in McDonald’s death.

Chicago police cited several efforts to reduce gang activity and cited the city’s historic challenge with guns.

“We will continue to work tirelessly on ways to stop violence, and restore accountability and trust in communities throughout the city,” Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante said.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News


How to help protect against COVID-19 this season

November 27, 2023

Tweet Email BPT Many people feel the need to shield their loved ones from harm’s way and...


Looking to pursue a career in a growing field? Why cybersecurity should top your list

October 13, 2023

Tweet Email BPT Whether you’re in school, just graduating, or seeking a career change, your best bet...


Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs temporarily steps down as Revolt chairman amid sexual abuse allegations

November 29, 2023

Tweet Email Photo/AP BY JONATHAN LANDRUM JR LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean “Diddy” Combs has temporarily stepped down...


Former Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson to retire as an Eagle

November 29, 2023

Tweet Email ABOVE PHOTO:  DeSean Jackson  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke ) From 6abc: PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Wide receiver DeSean...

Fur Babies Rule!

Five ways to support dogs’ health as they age

November 3, 2023

Tweet Email FAMILY FEATURES While you may look at your dogs and see the same little puppies...


Seniors: When you exercise your body, you can boost brain health, too

November 10, 2023

Tweet Email BPT Physical fitness is important as you age, improving strength, flexibility and balance. Research shows...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff