Black People : The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates

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    Special Report: Part 1 of 2
    The city’s drop in crime has been nothing short of miraculous. Here’s what’s behind the unbelievable numbers.
    By David Bernstein and Noah Isackson

    It was a balmy afternoon last July when the call came in: Dead body found inside empty warehouse
    on the West Side.


    Chicago police officers drove through an industrial stretch of the hardscrabble Austin neighborhood
    and pulled up to the 4600 block of West Arthington Street. The warehouse in question was an
    unremarkable-looking red-brick single-story building with a tall barbed-wire fence. Vacant for six
    years, it had been visited that day by its owner and a real-estate agent—the person who had called
    911.

    The place lacked electricity, so crime scene technicians set up generators and portable lights. The
    power flickered on to reveal a grisly sight. In a small office, on soggy carpeting covered in broken
    ceiling tiles, lay a naked, lifeless woman. She had long red-streaked black hair and purple glitter nail
    polish on her left toenails (her right ones were gone), but beyond that it was hard to discern much
    Her face and body were bloated and badly decomposed, her hands ash colored. Maggots feasted on
    her flesh.

    At the woman’s feet, detectives found a curled strand of telephone wire. Draped over her right hand
    was a different kind of wire: thin and brown. The same brown wire was wrapped around each
    armrest of a wooden chair next to her.

    The following day, July 24, a pathologist in the Cook County medical examiner’s office noticed
    something else that had been obscured by rotting skin: a thin gag tied around the corpse’s mouth.

    Thanks to some still-visible tattoos, detectives soon identified this unfortunate woman: Tiara
    Groves, a 20-year-old from Austin. She was last seen walking alone in the wee hours of Sunday,
    July 14, near a liquor store two miles from the warehouse. At least eight witnesses who saw her that
    night told police a similar story: She appeared drunk and was upset—one man said that she was
    crying so hard she couldn’t catch her breath—but refused offers of help. A man who talked to her
    outside the liquor store said that Groves warned him, excitedly and incoherently, that he should
    stay away from her or else somebody (she didn’t say who) would kill him too.

    Toxicology tests showed she had heroin and alcohol in her system, but not enough to kill her. All
    signs pointed to foul play. According to the young woman’s mother, who had filed a missing-person
    report, the police had no doubt. “When this detective came to my house, he said, ‘We found your
    daughter. . . . Your daughter has been murdered,’ ” Alice Groves recalls. “He told me they’re going to
    get the one that did it.”

    On October 28, a pathologist ruled the death of Tiara Groves a homicide by
    “unspecified means.” This rare ruling means yes, somebody had killed Groves, but
    the pathologist couldn’t pinpoint the exact cause of death.

    Given the finding of homicide—and the corroborating evidence at the crime
    scene—the Chicago Police Department should have counted Groves’s death as a
    murder. And it did. Until December 18.
    On that day, the police report indicates, a lieutenant
    overseeing the Groves case reclassified the homicide investigation as a noncriminal death
    investigation. In his writeup, he cited the medical examiner’s “inability to determine
    a cause of death."


    For the case of Tiara Groves is not an isolated one.
    Read more: http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/May-2014/Chicago-crime-rates/
     
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    The article goes on to say that other crimes have been downgraded to lesser offenses to
    outright being "vanished altogether". If we can agree that this is not isolated to chi-town
    then how credible are crime statistics, particularly when it comes to black folk?
     
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