The Chicago Police Department made arrests in only 12 percent of reported crimes last year, representing the lowest rate since 2001, amid a skyrocketing crime wave that has seen the authorities pull back almost entirely.
The year 2021 saw a staggering 797 homicides alone, per NBC Chicago — reaching a 25-year high. The year 2020 saw 770 homicides which were reportedly up 50 percent compared to 2019. The city is now set to surpass 600 homicides by the end of 2022, according to a report by WTTW.
Meanwhile, shootings have seen a similar trend with 2,151 in 2019, over 3,200 in 2020, and then 3,561 shootings in 2021.
These increases come after major reforms were enacted on police operating procedures in Chicago, following demands from the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. This also led to similarly hasty changes in cities all across the country.
Chicago police officers were forced to change the way they patrol the streets — such as not engaging in a foot pursuit, restricting their vehicle pursuit policy, and not making arrests for possession of marijuana.
A decorated Chicago officer told the Chicago Sun-Times, “In the past, I might see a guy with a gun in his waistband, and I’d jump out and chase him. No way I’d do that now.”
Another officer told the Sun-Times that no one cares about police officers and, “We can only support each other at the lowest ranks. And if that means going out there and not doing anything, then that means going out there and not doing anything.”
Hannah Meyers, the director of the policing and public safety initiative at the Manhattan Institute told Fox News Digital, “Certainly, the protests and riots mid-2020 after the death of George Floyd followed a pattern of spiking violence that we’ve seen following past viral police incidents, such as the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. This pattern has been termed the ‘Ferguson Effect’: police pull back while violent crime spikes precipitously.”
While the momentum and impact of the BLM movement across the nation keeps ramping up, crime continues to spike in the city of Chicago — along with other major cities struggling to cope with this chaos of having a beleaguered police force, that might not even be able to protect them anymore.
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