Officially, crime is down in the city of Chicago.‚ Most notably, the murder rate dropped by 11 percent (although some experts say that the sky-high 2008 rate is the real story here).‚ Murders dropped even more dramatically in Gary-- the lowest number in more than 20 years, says the Post-Tribune. Great.‚ But 2009 was also the year of Derrion Albert -- a Fenger High School student beaten to death on his way home from school-- and Gurgett Singh (a gas station attendant in Gary shot during a robbery last summer). For our Daily Thread for Jan. 5, we asked people how violence touched their lives -- and how that stacked up against the official numbers. Tracy Siska of the Chicago Justice Project kicked things off by asking and answering a few riddles"¦and this pair became our daily snippet:‚ Why police shouldn't get credit for a lower murder rate -- and when is a shooting not a shooting? TALK: When is a Shooting Not a Shooting_Tom with Tracy Siska_-_Siska is director of Chicago Justice Project The others are good too:
- How drug busts cause violence -- and why cops ignore most drug dealing.
- Why many (most?) violent offenders don't do time.
- Why police aren't to blame when violence goes up.