Detroit Says Rankings Based On “Skewed Methodology”


After Detroit was labeled the most dangerous U.S. city, officials complained that the city is the victim of a private company’s “skewed methodology” of comparing FBI crime statistics, reports the Detroit News. Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings criticized the controversial report. The 14th annual “City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America” was published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc. The report looked at per-capita crime in 378 cities with populations of at least 75,000. The crimes included homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. Each crime category was considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness, CQ Press said.

Bully-Cummings said overall crime and violent crime in Detroit. She said Detroit is the only city that reports multiple crimes arising from a single incident. For instance, if an intruder breaks into a house, rapes a woman and kills her husband, that incident is reported as three crimes. In other cities, the most serious crime, murder, would be the only reported crime. She added the report does not include the context that most murderers and their victims knew each other and were not random crimes. She said 79 percent of the homicide victims had previous contact with police and more than 60 percent were drug-related. “After today, what people will walk away with is that if you set foot in the city of Detroit you are going to get killed and that is absolutely not true,” Bully-Cummings said. “We have hosted some of the biggest events in the country — the World Series, the Super Bowl and (we) will have the NCAA basketball championships next year. We have had those events with no trouble at all.”


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