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Colin Flaherty Commentary News Video "DC officer says department is massaging the numbers when it comes to violent crime" "Police Tactic: Keeping Crime Reports Off the Books" white shirts summer crime prevention initiative black violence crime statistics
By: Marina Marraco, FOX 5 DC
POSTED: DEC 03 2018 11:29PM EST
VIDEO POSTED: DEC 03 2018 11:19PM EST
UPDATED: DEC 04 2018 10:13AM EST
WASHINGTON - Crime is an affliction that plagues all major cities.
In the District, the past three years have seen an ebb and flow of violence – with homicides skyrocketing in 2015, only to see a two-year dip, followed by another spike this year.
But a close look at DC police crime stats reveals that crimes like robberies and shootings continue to shrink in number.
One veteran DC police officer is blowing the whistle on what he calls years of corruption and crime reclassification by the department.
"If it's a burglary and someone enters the home, but nothing was taken they'll have us re-classify it as Unlawful Entry which brings the crime down from a felony to a misdemeanor,” said the officer, who talked to FOX 5 on the condition of anonymity.Felonies are reported to the FBI – the Uniform Crime Report compiles the statistics, providing a national barometer of violent crime for the record.
“What they do is, if the victim doesn't want to give up any information then they change it to ‘Injured Person to Hospital’,” the officer said.
He noted that the reclassification turns the shooting into an incident, not a crime.
A search of DC police reports for a 19-month period up to April of 2018 showed that D.C. police had taken nearly 3,000 reports for ‘Injured Person to Hospital’.
Of those reports, 61 were for gunshot wounds, and only 11 of those were self-inflicted.
But the classification infers that no crime had been committed.
Yet in some cases, there are shell casings that cover the street and, in others, victims telling police they’ve been shot by someone else. But because the shooting is now listed as an incident instead of a crime, many times, the officer says, the investigation ends there.
The officer says he has been on scenes where he’s been told to reclassify such incidents.
“Yes, I've been on the scene I know what it is, they say no we're going to make it this. And you know we're looking at each other like wow and we’re like ‘okay’,” he said. “There's no need to get discipline over that so we just go ahead and re-classify.”
D.C. police brass is often referred to as “white shirts.” And their many duties include the Summer Crime Prevention Initiative – which has been around since 2010.
The SCI is an effort to reduce the spike in summertime crime within the District’s most violent neighborhoods.
Sources say SCIs are considered a competition
Records from 2013 through 2017 show that captains who achieved the lowest crime reduction were swiftly promoted through the ranks.
2018 data from D.C.’s Department of Human Resources shows at a minimum, a promotion from captain to inspector or commander could mean a raise of $12,000 or $32,000 a year.
The officer who talked to FOX 5 said he’s been told on numerous occasions to alter a crime report that might otherwise be classified as a felony. And he says the so-called “white shirts” are under pressure to cook the numbers.
“Oh, most definitely. There's no question about that,” he said.
By AL BAKER and JOSEPH GOLDSTEINDEC. 30, 2011
Police Tactic: Keeping Crime Reports Off the Books
Colin Flaherty Podcast Commentary Video: Black Privilege - Crime Way Higher Than Statistics Show Source Colin Flaherty: Black Privilege - Crime Way Higher Than Statistics Show Date June 21, 2014 The numbers on black crime and black on white crime and black mob violence are just about as bad as you can imagine. Black crime — especially violent crime — is 6, 8, 10, 30 even 50 times higher than white crime. As crazy as that is, here’s something crazier: Black crime is even worse but the numbers are artificially deflated by a set of policies that can only be called black privilege. And that is what this week’s podcast is about.