James Alan Fox, a crim­i­nol­o­gist at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity in Boston, noted that homi­cide levels in Chicago have gen­er­ally been declining over the past decade.

Still, he said, police have dif­fi­culty pre­venting homi­cides despite their best strategies.

I don’t think you can change the unem­ploy­ment rate through the police. It’s really hard to have an impact on the flow of illegal guns,” he said.

Even with the improved num­bers, Chicago remains far ahead of other big cities with its number of homi­cides so far this year. New York City has had 240 slay­ings and Los Angeles has 203, according to police sta­tis­tics from late Sep­tember, the most recent num­bers avail­able for the two cities. As of Thursday, Philadel­phia had recorded 189 slayings.


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