Crime Town: 2016 Chicago Homicides is Highest in 19 years
Chicago recorded the highest annual number of homicides in more than two decades, according to data released by the Chicago Police Department.
A total of 762 homicides were recorded in the city in 2016 – more than the figures for New York and Los Angeles combined.
Chicago’s soaring rates of murder and gun crime, revealed on Monday, provoked a reaction from president-elect Donald Trump, who told the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, to seek federal help if he is unable to find a solution.
The president-elected tweeted: “Chicago murder rate is record setting - 4,331 shooting victims with 762 murders in 2016. If Mayor can’t do it he must ask for Federal help!”
Emanuel was Barack Obama’s first chief of staff.