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Getting away with murder: Researchers say Chicago must overhaul homicide probes and raise clearance rate

AP

A leading police research agency says the Chicago Police Department must make significant changes to investigate homicides in a city where it is far too easy to get away with murder.

The Police Executive Research Forum released a report Wednesday that recommends Chicago take steps including creating a unit devoted solely to investigating homicides and improving training.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Chicago is setting up a team to help manage and implement the recommended changes.

The report shows the clearance rate for homicides in 2017 was at 36 percent for the nation’s third-largest city, compared with 84 percent for New York and 73 percent for Los Angeles.

A Chicago police spokesman says the clearance rate has climbed to more than 46 percent so far this year.

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