Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Wire: Fix the Crime Statistics...or...


The Chief

The Deputy


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The chief is played by Frankie Faison, the deputy by John Doman.

When I first saw this episode a few years ago, I thought that David Simon, the show’s creator-producer-writer, must have been one of my readers. But Simon had been a longtime Baltimore crime reporter. On second thought, I concluded that the fakestat methods that I and some other reporters had exposed in so many cities were also de riguer in “Charm City.” The scene in the video is, whatever you want to call it, a "Compstat" (fakestat) meeting.

At WEJB/NSU on the same topic:

“De-Policing in America’s Cities: Erasing the ‘Thin Blue Line’”;

“The War on the Police”;

Part I: “The Philadelphia Story: When the Cops are Crooks”;

Part II: “Solving Philly Crime with an Eraser: The ‘Good Irishman’ and the Race Man”;

“‘Disappearing’ Urban Crime”;

“Paul Moses: How the New York City Police Department Managed to Make Shootings and Stabbings “Disappear”;

“De-Policing and the Knoxville Horror”;

“The Great Chicago Memorial Day Gang Attack Cover-Up”;

“Detroit: New Crime Stats Fail Smell Test; How Could Crime Go Down 7% Overall Last Quarter, While Homicides Went Up 31%?”;

“Re-Victimization and ‘Disappearing’ Scandals: Dallas PD Revolutionizes Crime-Fighting Through Wholesale Stashing, ‘Unfounding,’ & Ignoring Complaints”;

“Chicago: Homicides Up 60%, Non-Fatal Shootings Up 37%, and Overall… Crime is Down 10%, and Rape is Down 15%?!”;

“Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel: Screw the Stupid, Phony Crime Stats, I Care about Individual Sob Stories! Besides, Crime is Dropping…”;

“The Chief Strikes Back: Supporter of Milwaukee PD Chief Ed Flynn Says Flynn is being Smeared”;

“Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn: ‘The Computer Ate My Crime Stats’: ‘Disappearing’ Crime in Milwaukee… and Everywhere Else”

“From Compstat to Fakestat: The Epidemic of Fraudulent Official Crime Reports”;

“North American Consultants ‘Disappearing’ Trinidad`s (Horrific) Crime Rate?”;

“Justice Department: Nearly 3.4 Million Violent Crimes Per Year Went Unreported to Police from 2006 to 2010”; and

“Stix Vindicated! Academics, Magazine Confirm Big City Police are ‘Disappearing’ Crime.”

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