L.A. Chief Beck Calls Claims of False Crime Stats ‘Damn Lies’

In response to charges by a police captain that Los Angeles police is underreporting violent crime, Police Chief Charlie Beck says, “If I’m cooking the books, I’m not doing a good job,” pointing to a 4 percent increase in reported violent crime this year. The lawyer for the captain makeing the charge says she has “absolute proof” of “false crime statistics.”

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck forcefully denied that his department has falsified violent crime statistics, dismissing allegations that the LAPD is misleading the public as “not only untrue, but outrageous,” the Los Angeles Times reports. He said the allegations “are not only lies, but they are damn lies.” Beck added that, “If I’m cooking the books, I’m not doing a good job,” pointing to a 4 percent increase in reported violent crime this year. In 2016, violent crime increased in Los Angeles for the third straight year, according to department statistics. “I am confident that there is no purposeful misclassification,” Beck said. “Believe me, the consequences are way too high.”

Beck was responding to a claim by Capt. Lillian Carranza, who alleged that aggravated assaults were intentionally underreported in many police divisions. Carranza held a news conference and accused LAPD leaders of operating a “highly complex and elaborate coverup” to support a false portrait of public safety in L.A. “We have absolute proof that the department has and continues to present false crime statistics to the Department of Justice. The [LAPD’s Data] Integrity Unit has failed to top the false reports,” said Carranza’s attorney, Greg Smith. The police officers union also rebuked Beck. “Chief Beck doth protest too much,” the Los Angeles Police Protective League said. “It’s time for transparency and honesty to be the foundation of our department, not cooking the books to fool our elected officials and the public.”

from https://thecrimereport.org