Despite scrutiny, Chicago cops shot fewer people in 2015

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police shot fewer people in 2015 than recent years despite police-involved shootings that have drawn national headlines.

The Chicago Tribune reports officers shot 22 people last year, eight of them fatally. That’s a 40 percent dip in the total number compared with 2014 when 37 people were shot and 16 killed.

The number of people shot by Chicago police officers has gradually dropped since 2011 when officers shot 56 people, 24 fatally. In 2012, Chicago cops shot 45 people, killing 12. In 2013, officers shot 35 people, killing 14.

Interim Superintendent John Escalante tells The Tribune the drop is attributed to better training and supervision.

His comments come as scrutiny mounts over the 2014 shooting death of teenager Laquan McDonald. Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with murder.

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2 comments

  • Jay

    Maybe if cops weren’t so overweight and had such low IQs maybe would have no shootings at all. I can see the cops side of things if I was as most of the cops are overweight and slow I would be scared to lol how about we get you cops gym memberships and then we don’t have to have people dying or being shot just a thought we need peace not violence