Last December, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy held a press conference to share the good news: the city was on its way to having “its lowest homicide rate since 1967 and its lowest violent crime rate for nearly as long.”

The books seem to have been cooked, as Western Journalism reports:

This year, the IG’s office finalized an audit of assault related crimes in the city during 2012. The audit found that “…the department under-counted aggravated assaults and batteries by more than 24 percent, based on the sample cases reviewed.” Chicago Magazine discovered examples of 10 murders, people “…who were beaten, burned, suffocated, or shot to death in 2013 and whose cases were reclassified as death investigations, downgraded to more minor crimes, or even closed as noncriminal incidents…”

In short, crime isn’t down in Chicago. But that hasn’t stopped frustrated Chicagoans from starting the sardonic #CrimeIsDown hashtag to punctuate each new report of violence.

This can’t be; Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country.