D.C. Reclassifies Injuries To Crimes After Reporter’s Death


The Washington, D.C., police department’s internal affairs unit has found that 119 cases last year were not properly classified as robberies or other crimes, reports the Washington Post. Authorities are reviewing cases that were classified in police reports as involving “injured persons” to determine whether they should have been treated as crimes. Most of the felonies were assaults, said Police Chief Charles Ramsey; three were robberies.

The investigation began after revelations that police initially misclassified two robberies last fall as incidents involving injured persons, not as crimes. Detectives failed to promptly investigate the muggings, even though both victims said they were beaten and robbed. Authorities said the two robberies could be linked to the Jan. 6 fatal attack on New York Times reporter David Rosenbaum. The D.C. inspector general’s office has launched a probe into a series of mistakes by police and emergency workers who failed to immediately recognize that Rosenbaum was a crime victim. Rosenbaum, 63, was beaten on the head with a pipe and robbed near his home. The victims of earlier robberies involving suspects in the Rosenbaum case said that officers could have made arrests before Rosenbaum was attacked if they had investigated the previous assaults. It was only after Rosenbaum’s death, when the victims pushed police to take action, that those cases were followed.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/06/01/AR2006060101631.html

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