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Video: LAPD Chief Decries Captain's Accusation of Phony Crime Statistics

November 08, 2017  | 

VIDEO: LAPD Chief Decries Captain's Accusation of Phony Crime Statistics

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck forcefully denied Tuesday that his department had falsified violent crime statistics and dismissed the allegation by a captain that the LAPD misled the public as "not only untrue, but outrageous."

"They are not only lies, but they are damn lies," Beck said of the allegations. "If I'm cooking the books, I'm not doing a good job," he said. In 2016, violent crime increased in Los Angeles for the third straight year, reports the Los Angeles Times.

"I am confident that there is no purposeful misclassification," he said. "Believe me, the consequences are way too high."

The fiery rhetoric by Beck came in response to a claim filed Thursday by Capt. Lillian Carranza, who alleged that aggravated assaults were intentionally underreported in multiple police divisions across the city.

Carranza, who oversees the Van Nuys station, held a news conference Monday and accused LAPD leaders of operating a "highly complex and elaborate coverup" to support a false portrait of public safety in L.A.

On Tuesday, Beck pointed to several reforms in recent years, including a series of internal audits of the LAPD's crime statistics, training more than 2,000 detectives to accurately categorize crimes, and the creation of the Data Integrity Unit—a small team of detectives and data analysts responsible for scrutinizing the data.

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kevcopaz @ 11/9/2017 7:00 AM

Im NOT at all a Beck fan, I think he has been political hack at times in the past to a "progressive" open borders mayor who only wants to rise in the political system. hat said, I think at this point I would have to agree with Beck. The crime rate is rising, we all know that, and if he were "cooking" the books then he probably would make it look better the it really is. I have been a cop a long time, a Detective and involved in case statistics. Most of what i have sen (here at least in AZ0 is honest report but many errors and misclassifications that were unintentional and more based on lack of uniformity or understanding on the part of the Detectives and not a "plan" by the higher ups. I am familiar with Chicago PD who some years ago would "re-classify" cases down to show less violence. An armed robbery without injury would be classified as a "theft" and possibly a "firearms violation. Aggravated assaults would be classed as simple battery, intentionally. Most PDs do NOT do this.

jojo @ 11/9/2017 11:01 AM

One easy way to find out, check the cases. No need for the back and forth. I would trust the Captain more than Beck, he does whatever he thinks is politically popular.

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