Why is Chicago such a war zone

Zero tolerance: why Chicago is sinking into violence and New York is alive

There have been phases in the history of New York City when the city seemed to sink into a wave of violence. One of them wasn't that long ago. In the early 1990s, the police counted more than 1.1 million crimes each year. There were 100,000 break-ins, over 200,000 robberies, and nearly seven murders a day in the five boroughs, more than 2,500 in total.

In this apparently lawless time, in which not only East Harlem and the South Bronx resembled a war zone that even the police hardly dared to enter, the metropolis on the Hudson River was considered ungovernable.

Republicans zero tolerance

And no one seemed to have a solution to the ongoing problems. So New York declined until the Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani took over the city in 1994 - with spectacular success in the fight against crime. Giuliani's “zero tolerance policy” found imitation worldwide.

“I can still remember it very vividly,” said Acting Police Commissioner of New York, James P. O'Neill, now at the presentation of the 2016 crime record. “At that time, you couldn't see the color of the subways because of the graffiti detect. Every year we had more than 5,000 shootings and well over 2,000 murders. ”Today, he can assure from his own experience,“ New York is a completely different city ”.