From Our Friend Paul Ogden in Indianapolis:
Indianapolis Experiences 142nd Homicide of the Year, Closes in on Chicago’s Killing Rate
With two more killings last night, Indianapolis now has 142 homicides for 2013 according to the Bart Lies! website which tracks Indy killings. This is compared to 115 in 2012, 110 in 2011, and 119 in 2010.
A few years ago, City leaders conveniently redefined homicide to mean “murder” in order to get the count below 100. Of course, “murder” is a legal term and something can’t technically be classified as “murder” until often a lengthy court process has taken place. A person may have acted in self-defense and be acquitted of a murder charge, for example. It still would be a homicide though. Whether it is a homicide is determined at or near the time of the killing which makes it the figure used in crime reports, unless it is Indianapolis which tries to fudge the number, chiefly to fool media types who simply assume “homicide” and “murder” mean the same thing.
By contrast, Chicago, which has seen a substantial decline in killings, is closing out the year with about 458 homicides. If my math is correct, Indianapolis has one homicide for every 5,945 residents while Chicago has a homicide for every 5,928 residents. So Indy’s homicide rate is still lower than Chicago…barely.
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