Chicago’s Homicide Rate Hits Fourth-Lowest Monthly Total On Record In February

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Chicago police are touting a near-record low homicide tally during February, including at least one weekend where the city logged a rare number of zero shootings.

Police reported a total of 20 homicides last month, tying for the city’s fourth-lowest number of February homicides since 1957, according to the Sun-Times. RedEye’s homicide tracker counted 21 total homicides, all but three of which were from gunshots. (The Chicago Police Department, which counts homicides differently than some media outlets and the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, has previously told HuffPost it doesn’t include deaths from police-involved shootings in its totals.)

After the city’s 2012 homicide total swelled past 500, surpassing New York City’s total, Chicago was commonly dubbed the nation’s “Murder Capital” despite the FBI never making such a claim, and at least one study showing Chicago’s violent crime rate to be half that of Detroit’s and on par with cities like Houston and Minneapolis.

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