LAPD Misclassifying Violent Crimes

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In one year, the Los Angeles Police Department misclassified more than a thousand violent crimes -- like beatings, stabbings and robberies -- as minor offenses. That’s according to a new Los Angeles Times investigation. The paper found that the department rarely misclassified in the opposite direction -- in other words, from minor to serious. That suggests the misclassification was done to paint a picture of a city that is safer than it really is.