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Chicago police get little help after shootings

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Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Chicago police are trying to solve the surge of shootings plaguing the city, but an analysis shows that they often get little help from the victims.

The Chicago Tribune reports that investigators have suspended nearly 80 percent of their investigations into nonfatal shootings in Chicago because the victims wouldn't cooperate. The newspaper reviewed more than 1,100 cases through the first seven months of the year.

Chief of Detectives Thomas Bryne say it's frustrating that there's still a "no-snitch" code at work.

The Tribune reports that records show that 75.9 percent of the cases the newspaper examined were classified as "suspended" because the victims wouldn't cooperate with police. An additional 4.4 percent were cases in which police had identified a suspect, but the victims wouldn't help with the prosecution.

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