fact averse and motherfricking stupid
Violence takes an effort. You dumb asses are too busy playing video games and texting each other.
It couldn't possibly be that our generation is better than yours right?
One man beat a stranger with a pipe. Another battered a disabled person with a walking cane. Another smashed a large glass mug on his brother's face.
Though none of the victims was seriously injured, state and federal authorities say each of the attacks was an aggravated assault.
But Dallas police disagree.
The Police Department classified the attacks as lesser offenses when reporting them to the authorities who collect crime statistics from cities across the nation. As a result, the offenses were not factored into Dallas' reported violent crime rate.
Now that the crime stats from last year are in, Houston has slipped into second and Dallas into third. That’s a big coup for city officials, who have made lowering the city’s position on this list one of their top priorities in recent years.
To get out of the top spots, the city has substantially increased the size of its police force. But police officials have also changed their procedures for reporting crime ED. NOTE: SURPRISE, SURPRISE. Some of the changes have conformed to federal guidelines. A Dallas Morning News investigation last year showed that other changes have not. Former police Chief David Kunkle said the guidelines aren’t clear and it wouldn’t be wise to follow them like they were “in the Bible.”
The major stories:
– Police not counting all crimes – Omitting legitimate auto burglary cases improves stats; system being reviewed
– Do police count all burglaries? Kunkle says intent must be clear in break-ins as some fault classification system
– Experts: Dallas undercount of assaults builds ‘artificial image’
And there’s more:
– Crime counts to change — Procedural move, review planned after car break-ins underreported
– Steve Blow: Truth takes a beating in Dallas crime stats
– Editorial: Crime statistics must be accurate
– Dallas police count more car burglary reports
Dallas police are enthusiastically touting a 12 percent drop in overall crime this year.
But nearly a third of that reduction is because of a new policy that makes it harder for store owners to report shoplifting cases under $50, The Dallas Morning News has found.
Police Chief David Brown last week disputed that finding, saying the low numbers of reported retail thefts are the result of good police work, not the change in reporting policy. He said his department’s new crackdown on “fences” — people who buy and sell stolen goods — drove shoplifting lower.
He said the new focus also has led to this year’s double-digit drops in burglaries and other types of theft. These reductions have caused the drop in the overall crime rate, which consists mostly of property crimes.
“Shutting down fence operations has a big impact on the black market for stolen property, reducing the incentive for thieves to steal,” Brown said.
The News looked specifically at shoplifting, and in those cases found otherwise.
There are disturbing claims from a police veteran that the NYPD intentionally tried to under report crime rates.
He claims, in an exclusive television interview, that in one precinct in Queens, the severities of some crimes were systematically downgraded.
Sergeant Borrelli is the latest in a growing list of police officers to claim widespread manipulation of NYPD crime data. In 2010, Officer Adrian Schoolcraft told Eyewitness News it happened all the time in the 81st Precinct.
"I recorded multiple down-grading of crimes, crime reports from citizens who were victims," Schoolcraft said.
Milwaukee police have acknowledged misreporting thousands of aggravated assaults as minor crimes - but a Journal Sentinel review found that other serious crimes have gone missing from the city's violent crime rate.
Not sure why anyone would be so quick to dismiss accusations of local police departments (from which the federal crime stats are gleaned) are cooking the statistical book.
It's been going on in Dallas for awhile.
Almost 4 pages and no hard stats indicting violent crime by age bracket as a % of total population of that age bracket.
This is why we re elected Obama - more people care about the message than whether or not it is true.
For years, Americans ranked crime at or near the top of their list of urgent issues. Every politician, from alderman to President, was expected to have a crime-fighting agenda, yet many experts despaired of solutions. By 1991, the murder rate in the U.S. reached a near record 9.8 per 100,000 people. Meanwhile, criminologists began to theorize that a looming generation of so-called superpredators would soon make things even worse.
(See the top 10 crime stories of 2009.)
Then, a breakthrough. Crime rates started falling. Apart from a few bumps and plateaus, they continued to drop through boom times and recessions, through peace and war, under Democrats and Republicans. Last year's murder rate may be the lowest since the mid-1960s, according to preliminary statistics released by the Department of Justice. The human dimension of this turnaround is extraordinary: had the rate remained unchanged, an additional 170,000 Americans would have been murdered in the years since 1992. That's more U.S. lives than were lost in combat in World War I, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq — combined. In a single year, 2008, lower crime rates meant 40,000 fewer rapes, 380,000 fewer robberies, half a million fewer aggravated assaults and 1.6 million fewer burglaries than we would have seen if rates had remained at peak levels.