Some days more than others, I’m really happy I don’t cover any one particular municipality; I’m quite sure I’d have to be shot with a tranquilizer gun before press conferences such as the following, where this gem came out of Gary’s finest, Mayor Rudy “I pass out business cards the size of bookmarks” Clay. The story, written by Jon Seidel, with the parts of interest emboldened:
By Jon Seidel
Post-Tribune staff writer
GARY—Mayor Rudy Clay and Police Chief Thomas Houston touted the city’s June homicide rate Friday and accused media of ignoring the story.
Since a new police administration took control, Gary’s homicide rate has been cut to a fifth of what it was in May.
Fifteen people were killed in Gary last month, while three people were killed in the city in June as of Friday.
“We couldn’t even get it in the classified ads,” Clay said.
During a news conference held to swear in police reserve officers, Clay told his audience Gary recorded one homicide in June.
“Gary, Indiana, has had less homicides than Munster, Indiana,” Clay said.
According to the Lake County Coroner’s office, though, Gary had three homicides in June. Munster had one.
Later that day, a Gary Police Department spokesman confirmed the coroner’s records.
He said the mayor meant to say Gary had one homicide in 23 days.
On Friday afternoon, Clay emphasized that two of those occurred in domestic situations. A domestic homicide, he said, doesn’t mean the city is violent.
“I have continued to stand up and say to the world that Gary is not a violent city,” Clay said.
At the news conference, Houston said people would not be safe to march in a violent city, making reference to the Gary Catholic Diocese’s Golden Jubilee celebration.
Houston and Deputy Chief Thomas Branson assumed their new roles at the police department last month. ...[snip]
Yes, because if someone is killed in a domestic situation, that means they’re LESS DEAD. Way to marginalize 54.2 percent* of the city you represent, Rudy. Dumbass.
[CLARIFICATION 7/2: I sent an e-mail to Seidel after I read this horsecrap, and as further evidence of Rudy’s dumbassness, he pointed out something that completely eluded me for a sec: The Munster incident to which Rudy referred so far has all the markings of a domestic in that there was no forced entry to the poor bastard’s place.]
[*54.2 percent being women living in Gary during the 2000 Census. And while I’m completely aware that domestic violence occurs in various combinations, male-to-female violence is still more often reported.]