Murders, shootings down in February from previous year, CPD says

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Police Department is touting new statistics that show a continued reduction in violent crimes.

The city says there were 23 murders last month, a 40 percent drop from February 2018, when there were 40 murders. A total of 44 murders have been reported in Chicago in the first two months of 2019, down from 80 murders last year over the same time period.

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Superintendent Eddie Johnson joined ABC7 to talk about a police consent decree taking effect Friday and crime stats in February.

The 114 shooting incidents marked a 7 percent decline compared to last year, police said. In all, there were 132 shooting victims last month, down from 143 in February 2018.

CPD says investments in new crime-fighting technology and the hiring of more officers led to the dip in violent crimes.
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