Chicago insiders have just been exposed for reclassifying lots and lots of homicides in Chicago into non-criminal deaths. Not only does this unethical airbrushing of data save Chicago politicians the embarrassment of another homicide victim, it allows the Chicago Police Department to avoid the humiliation of yet another unsolved homicide.
Everyone wins, except the people of Chicago of course.
The Truth About Chicago’s Crime Rates
The city’s drop in crime has been nothing short of miraculous.
Here’s what’s behind the unbelievable numbers.
Chicago (Chicago Magazine) – … 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.”
That lieutenant was Denis Walsh—the same cop who had played a crucial role in the alleged cover-up in the 2004 killing of David Koschman, the 21-year-old who died after being punched by a nephew of former mayor Richard M. Daley. Walsh allegedly took the Koschman file home. For years, police officials said that it was lost. After the Sun-Times reported it missing, the file mysteriously reappeared.
But back to Tiara Groves. With the stroke of a computer key, she was airbrushed out of Chicago’s homicide statistics.
… For the case of Tiara Groves is not an isolated one…
…We identified 10 people, including Groves, who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents—all for illogical or, at best, unclear reasons.
It’s time well spent.