Chicago’s Murder Rate Now Outpaces That of Al Capone’s ‘Gangland’ Era
If you want to know how out of control violence is in Chicago, just consider that the city’s murder rate now outpaces that of Al Capone’s ‘Gangland’ era, one of the most notorious crime eras in history.
In Chicago, there were 506 murders in 2012, an increase of 17 percent from the previous year. As of Thursday, there were 42 homicides and 157 shootings so far this year. If you compare this to the Capone era, you quickly surmise that today’s gangsters are far more lethal than Capone’s.
ABC 7 reports:
Forty-two people were killed in Chicago last month, the most in January since 2002, and far worse than the city’s most notorious crime era at the end of the Roaring Twenties.
Even though the image of Chicago, perpetuated by Hollywood over the years, was that mobsters routinely mowed down people on the streets, the crime stats tell a different story. The figures from January 2013 are significantly higher than the January of Al Capone’s most famous year.
Rev. Jesse Jackson, a Chicago resident, recently called on President Obama to visit his hometown and develop a plan to deal with the crime infested city.
“When the president shows up, it shows ultimate national seriousness,” said Jackson. Jackson also called for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to help patrol the violent streets of Chicago.
The murder rate in Chicago received renewed urgency with the killing of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, an honors student who performed with her high school band at Obama’s inauguration on January 21.
Currently, there is a White House petition calling on President Obama to attend the February 9th funeral of Pendleton.
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