Chicago Police Supt. David Brown referred to as a press convention Thursday night to speak concerning the metropolis’s carjacking downside. He opened his remarks with this declare:
“In 2020, there have been 1,417 incidents of vehicular hijackings. Chicago police arrested 1,127 — that’s 1,127 — offenders for these crimes,” Brown stated.
That’s false. Fully, off-the-charts not true.
Final yr, Chicago police arrested 178 individuals for vehicular hijackings. Who advised us that? The Chicago Police Division.
The opposite 949 arrests that Brown lumped in with these have been for legal trespass to automobiles, a misdemeanor that merely means somebody was inside a automotive with out permission.
Lots of these 949 individuals have been passengers in automobiles that another person stole — and so they could not have even recognized the automotive was stolen. Many others have been charged with legal trespass to a automobile for snooping round inside somebody’s automotive searching for spare change. There are myriad methods to be charged with a misdemeanor legal trespass to a automobile. However placing a gun in somebody’s face and taking their automotive will not be a kind of methods.
CPD usually appears to have an institutional incapacity to inform the reality with numbers. Irrespective of who the superintendent is, the division churns out statistics that twist numbers inside an inch of their lives.
Nobody of their proper thoughts would imagine that Chicago police arrested 1,127 individuals in a yr when there have been 1,417 carjackings — significantly when the police division itself has stated that COVID masks make it more durable to determine carjackers.
However the press is operating with Brown’s declare, so the division is succeeding in making some individuals suppose that over a thousand individuals have been arrested for carjackings final yr when not even 200 have been.
“In 2020, Brown stated there have been 1,417 carjackings, and police arrested 1,127 individuals in carjacking-related crimes,” says the Sun-Times.
The Tribune: “In 2020, there have been 1,417 incidents of carjackings, and police arrested 1,127 suspects, Brown stated.”
Brown’s declare didn’t move the sniff check, so we requested CPD to make clear the 1,127 arrest declare. And we obtained the reality. We additionally requested the division what number of of final yr’s 1,417 carjackings have been “cleared” by detectives, which means the crimes are thought of solved.
We have been advised that quantity, which might give a more true image of CPD’s success price, will not be out there.
Brown made one other declare throughout Thursday’s press convention. He stated there have been 144 carjackings already in 2021. That’s true.
He additionally stated police had arrested 104 individuals in reference to these crimes. That isn’t true.
Then, there’s this
Throughout Thursday’s press convention, Brown stated the division would assign a few of its citywide sources to every of town’s 5 detective areas to attempt to catch carjackers.
These sources arrived within the areas earlier this week. Based on an officer, Space Three, which incorporates every little thing from Rogers Park to Bronzeville and the United Middle to Streeterville, obtained a complete of eight officers and one sergeant to fight carjackings this week.
Then, there’s this fascinating nugget: Chicagoans won’t ever know what number of carjackings have been tried however failed in 2020 (or in any yr). Why? As a result of the police division doesn’t have against the law class for tried vehicular hijacking.
In the event you attempt to rob somebody of their pockets and fail, it’s recorded as an tried theft. In the event you attempt to burglarize a house and fail, it’s recorded as an tried housebreaking. However in case you attempt to carjack somebody and fail, it will get labeled as an tried theft.
“We’ll by no means know what number of carjackings fell by way of,” a cop advised us this week.