Detroit’s police department has reclassified the number of homicides for 2008 as 375, 36 more than previously reported, the Detroit News reports. One month after the News reported the department systematically undercounts homicides, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said the statistics “called for a reconciliation of data to determine an accurate number of homicides.”Police officials had said they wouldn’t adjust the rates.
Bing’s office said 33 of those 375 homicides were “justifiable homicides” using Uniform Crime Reporting standards. City officials said the number is 17 fewer homicides than for the same period in 2007. The News had reported that police incorrectly reclassified 22 of its 368 slayings last year as “justifiable” and did not report them as homicides to the FBI as required by federal guidelines. There were at least 59 such omissions over the past five years.