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LAPD Misclassified Nearly 1,200
Violent Crimes as Minor Offenses

Los Angeles Times, by Ben Poston and Joel Rubin

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Posted By:Ribicon, 8/10/2014 12:37:27 PM

Once police had Nathan Hunter in handcuffs, they tended to his wife. She was covered in blood. She told the officers Hunter flew into a rage that night in February 2013 because she hadn´t bought him a Valentine´s Day gift. He beat and choked her before stabbing her in the face with a screwdriver and throwing her down a flight of stairs at their apartment in South L.A., according to police and court records. (Snip) It was no isolated case. The LAPD misclassified nearly 1,200 violent crimes during a one-year span ending in September 2013, including hundreds of stabbings, beatings

PD innocently and inadvertently misclassifies serious crimes as much lesser ones, and presto, the violent crime rate goes way down. Why not? The feds cook the books all the time, as do teachers trying to reach their goals for bonuses and the like. Meanwhile, taxpayers don´t seem to care much about how little bang they get for their bucks, as long as the powers that be produce numbers that look good.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/10/2014 12:59:24 PM     (No. 9960499)

An important investigation. When they put their resources to work, the Times is very good at these.

Charlie Beck has been police chief since 2009. This is happening on his watch, and probably at his behest. He is a politician and, I believe, an Obama fan.

This is gone to reduce the crime statistics. It does nothing to reduce violent crime.

He should go. For $297K a year, Los Angeles should be able to do better.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: SoCalGal, 8/10/2014 1:01:59 PM     (No. 9960504)

PS. Re OP comment, the taxpayers care a lot. They don´t always have a media presence turning up rocks and finding this stuff. The Times has a lot of flaws, but historically it has been good at investigative journalism.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: earlybird, 8/10/2014 1:07:16 PM     (No. 9960513)

This is a very long article. Investigative pieces usually are. They even went here for verification of what they found:

Crime-coding consultants
To test its analysis of LAPD crime data, The Times asked five crime-coding experts to examine a random sample of 400 incidents classified as minor offenses. They confirmed that 90% should have gone on the books as serious crimes.

The panel:

Dan Bibel, manager of the Massachusetts State Police Crime Reporting Unit

Jeffrey Bock, manager of the Oregon State Police crime reporting program

Monica Jenkins, manager of the Michigan State Police crime reporting program

Gary Lopez, former director of the Connecticut State Police Crime Analysis Unit

Max Schlueter, former director of the crime reporting program at the Vermont Department of Public Safety

In how many other cities do you suppose these crime statistics "reductions" are going on? We know what is behind a lot of them because we know who is committing these violent crimes. And they don´t come from Copenhagen...

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Doctor P, 8/10/2014 1:39:15 PM     (No. 9960551)

there must be one or two minor crimes mis-classified as a felony too, even though the real odds for both should be equal.

Of course this is NOT by random chance.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: secondtimelucky, 8/10/2014 1:57:28 PM     (No. 9960573)

3 - I know that Chicago does the same numbers juggle/dance. I´m sure lots of big cities do. How else to keep the current politicians in place??

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bldrrepub, 8/10/2014 3:19:17 PM     (No. 9960639)

"Juking the stats".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Ribicon, 8/10/2014 3:56:23 PM     (No. 9960674)

#2, do we really care? Outlandish governmental malfeasance of every stripe and at every level is paraded before us daily, and if anything it´s escalating. Little or nothing happens to the players, and in fact they often wind up with bonuses and promotions.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 8/11/2014 2:27:22 AM     (No. 9961040)

With more illegals pouring into CA, how many police departments are equipped to handle more domestic violence incidents and violent crimes ?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 8/11/2014 4:54:07 AM     (No. 9961082)

Even relatively low-crime suburban police forces do this.

Call the police to report a crime, they´ll try to discourage you from filing an official report.

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