Dallas Underreporting Assaults: Creating An “Artificial Image”?


One man beat a stranger with a pipe. Another battered a disabled person with a walking cane. Another smashed a large glass mug on his brother’s face. Though none of the victims was seriously injured, state and federal authorities say each of the attacks was an aggravated assault. Dallas police disagree, reports the Dallas Morning News.

The Dallas police classified the attacks as lesser offenses when reporting them to the authorities who collect crime statistics from cities across the nation. As a result, the offenses were not factored into Dallas’ reported violent crime rate. “It’s wrong,” said Sam Walker, a police accountability expert at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. “It’s creating an artificial image [] and it looks like they are clearly violating the FBI’s own guidelines.”

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