LAPD Captain Believes Department has been Underreporting Crime Statistics to make city seem Safer
Capt. Lillian Carranza, who oversees the LAPD’s Van Nuys station, has accused high-ranking members of the force of misclassifying violent crime and misleading the public about the true state of lawbreaking in the city. In a claim filed against the city last week, Capt. Carranza stated that she began notifying superiors in 2014 about the underreporting of crime in the Foothill area, which includes Pacoima, Sunland and Tujunga, however, but no action was taken. After assuming command of the Van Nuys station in 2015, Capt. Carranza conducted her own analysis of violent crime reports stored in an LAPD database. According to the claim, aggravated assaults in 2016 were underreported by about 10 percent in the Pacific and Central divisions and the cases were misclassified as less serious offenses. Capt. Carranza’s complaint states that the LAPD
Engaged in a highly complex and elaborate coverup in an attempt to hide the fact that command officers had been providing false crime figures to the public attempting to convince the public that crime was not significantly increasing.
Capt. Carranza also claims that a more recent analysis of the Hollenbeck and Mission divisions showed a 10 percent undercounting of aggravated assaults in 2017. She lodged multiple complaints about the data discrepancies and in September was told by a supervisor that she would not receive a promotion to commander because she was “meddling into others’ business.” The allegations come after a 2014 Los Angeles Times investigation found that the LAPD misclassified almost 1,200 violent crimes during a one-year span ending in September 2013. Beatings, stabbings and robberies were recorded as minor offenses instead of being classified as aggravated assaults. The Times found that, if recorded correctly, the figures for aggravated assaults in the year-long period would have been nearly 14 percent higher.
The Times also found that from 2005 to fall 2012, the LAPD misclassified an estimated 14,000 aggravated assaults as minor offenses, which artificially lowered the city’s violent crime rate. After The Times’ reports, a 2015 audit by the LAPD’s inspector general estimated the department misclassified over 25,000 aggravated assaults as minor incidents from 2008 to 2014. This type of misleading data by the LAPD makes people believe that the cities are safer than they actually are, however, some people know otherwise due to crime happening around them. This is the reason why California cannot afford to get rid of the current bail system because more misclassifying will be done if Senate Bill 10 passes. Several questionable people will be let out during pretrial without any accountability, which will put the public at a greater risk.