LAPD Chief Beck Denies Crime Numbers Cover Up

November 9, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck onTuesday strongly denied his agency is doctoring violent crime statistics, calling claims by one of his captains that the department is misleading the public on crime rates “lies.”

“They’re not only lies, they’re damn lies,” Beck told reporters.

“Both the department and the inspector general have looked into similar claims as this over the last several years and found no wrongdoing,” the chief said.

Beck was responding to allegations made by LAPD Capt. Lillian Carranza, who filed a legal claim against the city last week and held a news conference with her attorney Monday, accusing the department of engaging in an “elaborate cover-up” to make violent crime rates appear lower than they really are.

“This piece of deception was done specifically to fool the public and elected officials as to the true state of crime in the city of Los Angeles,” Carranza said.

“The department then engaged in a highly complex and elaborate cover-up in an attempt to hide the fact that command officers had been providing false figures to the public, attempting to convince the public that crime had not significantly increased.”

Carranza claims she has been alerting her superiors about discrepancies in violent crime rates for four years, and says she was passed over for a promotion because of it.

Carranza said she first told superiors about underreporting of violent crime in the LAPD’s Foothill area, but after no action was taken, she also reviewed reports and found similar issues in the Pacific, Central, Hollenbeck and Mission divisions.

Beck insisted the department’s numbers are accurate, saying the agency is continuously reviewing its figures to ensure they are correct.

“If I’m cooking the books, I’m not doing a very good job, because we are up a little over 4 percent in violent crime,” Beck said. “If I wanted to cook the books, believe me, we would not be up in violent crime.”

The Los Angeles Police Protective League, the union representing the department’s officers, issued a statement in response to Beck’s comments.

“Chief Beck doth protest too much, the statement said. “In California’s criminal justice system, prior offenses are considered strikes and Chief Beck has accumulated two strikes by overseeing the manipulation of violent crime statistics and this latest allegation, if proven true, would make the chief a three striker.

“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.”

L.A.Experienced 20% Violent Crime Spike In 2015

January 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A 12.6 percent rise in the number of crimes from 2014 to 2015 in Los Angeles was driven by increases in gang-related and domestic violence crimes, Mayor Eric Garcetti and police Chief Charlie Beck said Wednesday.

Violent crime alone was up 20.2 percent last year, while the number of property crimes was up 10.7 percent, according to Los Angeles Police Department statistics. The upticks followed a 12-year trend of declining crime in the city.

Among the violent crime categories, the homicide rate grew by 8.8 percent, from 260 people killed in 2014 to 283 in 2015. Nearly 60 percent of those 2015 homicides – 165 – were deemed to be gang-related.

The 13,569 aggravated assaults logged in 2015 was a 27.8 percent jump over the 10,615 such crimes recorded during the previous year. The number of reported rape rose 9.1 percent to 1,649, according LAPD statistics.

The lions share of property crime in 2015, about 70 percent, was auto-related, and included thefts of vehicles and break-ins. Car models from the 1990s were especially prone to theft, with 40 percent of the 2,400 vehicles stolen in 2015 from that decade, according to the statistics.

LAPD officials noted that the city is still safer than 50 years ago, with the per-capita crime rate lower than in 1953. The overall crime rate in 2015 was also 21.8 percent lower than a decade ago, for example.

Compared with 1992. when there were 1,094 people murdered, the number of people killed in a city of 4 million people has held at less than 300 for the past six years, officials said.

Garcetti said that whether crime is up or down, “the men and women of this department are as engaged as they ever have been” with helping those who are victims of crimes.

Beck said that while he feels “this is still a great and safe city,” there are “a number of things we need to work on.”

He said he was concerned about gang crime, which went up 14.6 percent in 2015, marking the first increase in eight years.

“Gang crime is what truly steals the youth of Los Angeles” and “makes some people in some of our communities unsafe,” he said.

Beck said the police department is focused on finding a solution and partnering with the community, vowing that “we will make a difference.”

He added that “the homicides that are the most difficult to solve … gang homicides are by far the most difficult to obtain witnesses for.”

“And we understand why, but we also know the solution,” the chief said. “And the solution is communities that work together, communities that stand together, communities that work to save their children. We’ll continue to do that, we’ll continue to push forward.

“Far too many of our homicides involve youth … far too many of our homicides involve primarily young men of color,” Beck added. “We need to make this a safe city, but we can only do that together.”

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