Manhattan Precinct Softens Crime Statistics

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http://www.nytimes.com/2003/06/20/nyregion/20STAT.html More than 200 felony crimes reported last year in Manhattan’s 10th Precinct were improperly downgraded to misdemeanors in police statistics, making that area seem safer than it was, police officials said. The 203 crimes, equivalent to about a quarter of all felonies recorded there in 2002, were reclassified as felonies after the statistical improprieties
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