Chicago Police Superintendent Jodi Weis announced an 11 percent drop in the murder rate and an overall drop of 9 percent drop in the crime rate in Chicago. During the first seven months of 2009, there were a total of 258 murders compared to 290 during the same period in 2008. However, the number of violations issued to youths who were out on the streets after the curfew has risen from last year. A sign that parents are not doing enough to keep their kids out of trouble. At least 8 youths have been the victims of murder while out on the streets past the curfew.
Weis hailed efforts by the Chicago Police to get guns off of the street and to execute more search warrants and to go after street gangs.
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