DC Cop Accuses Department Administrators Of Widespread Corruption

A veteran Metropolitan Police Department officer said the agency has been skewing reports of violent crime for years.

Washington, DC – A veteran Metropolitan police officer has alleged that the department has misrepresented crime statistics in order to make it appear that violence has decreased in the area in recent years.

The anonymous police source said he has been told to classify felony offenses as misdemeanors in official reports on numerous occasions, WTTG reported.

According to department records, Metropolitan police captains who oversaw districts with the most crime reduction from 2013 through 2017 were also those who were subsequently promoted the most quickly, WTTG reported.

Department of Human Resources information from 2018 indicated that a promotion from captain to commander or inspector could be a minimum salary increase of between $12,000 and $32,000 per year, according to the news outlet.

The officer said the corruption and reclassification of criminal offenses has been going on for years.

"If it's a burglary and someone enters the home, but nothing was taken they'll have us re-classify it as Unlawful Entry which brings the crime down from a felony to a misdemeanor,” he explained.

Misdemeanor offenses are not reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), so those crimes go unreported with regards to the city’s national violent crime statistics.

With regards to shootings, “if the victim doesn’t want to give up any information, then they change it to ‘Injured Person to Hospital,” the officer said.

That reclassification turns the shooting into an “incident,” so it is never reported as a crime for statistical purposes.

WTTG searched through 19 months of police reports and found nearly 3,000 instances that were classified as “Injured Person to Hospital.”

Sixty-one of those incidents were gunshot wounds, and only 11 were believed to be self-inflicted.

Because of the reclassifications, they were not recorded as crimes, and generally no further investigation took place.

The officer also provided WTTG with additional examples of crimes that had been reclassified.

One involved a victim being assaulted with a gun, but was reclassified as an injured person being taken to the hospital, he said.

Another was a forcible robbery that was reduced to misdemeanor simple assault, as well as a burglary that was reduced to misdemeanor unlawful entry.

On another occasion, a carjacking was reclassified as a felony theft, which falls into the category of property crime as opposed to a violent crime.

“We're re-classifying these crimes and we're sending out this falsehood that the District of Columbia is safer than what it actually is,” the officer said.

City Councilmember Charles Allen said that it is not uncommon for shooting victims to be uncooperative with police.

“But from our perspective and, I think for most people, someone who is shot...a crime has taken place, period,” Allen told WTTG.

“If there are efforts to misclassify or reclassify in any way, it’s inappropriate—that’s gonna be wrong, that’s gonna be inexcusable,” he said. “If there are efforts that are there or pressure or otherwise that are having people misclassify and change classifications then that’s a problem and I want to know about that.”

In a statement to WTTG, the Metropolitan Police Department denied having any knowledge of allegations that the department was misrepresenting crime information.

“The Metropolitan Police Department has not been made aware of any allegations of ‘illegitimate crime re-classification’ to ‘lower crime statistics.’ We would consider such an allegation to be extremely serious,” the statement read.

The department later blasted both the officer and the news outlet for allegedly making “very general, sweeping allegations without providing any details,” WTTG reported.

“The unsupported and uncorroborated allegation by one anonymous officer combined with the inaccurate information appears to be either a purposeful or neglectful story created by the reporter to mislead the public,” the agency argued.

The Metropolitan Police Department claimed the news outlet was only provided with 72 injured person to hospital reports, but WTTG insists they were given nearly 3,000 such reports.

On Tuesday night, Mayor Muriel Bowser released a statement letting “whistleblowers” know that they can contact the city’s inspector general anonymously with any concerns.

“Any whistleblower, whatever agency they are MPD…any of the district’s agencies always have an avenue to the Inspector General,” Bowser told WTTG.

“Any employee can contact the inspector general anonymously, if they don’t want to make their names known, so that we can find any instances of waste, fraud, and abuse,” the mayor said.

It was unclear whether the city will open an investigation into the allegations.

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Badge204
Badge204

My thoughts of story: My wife and I arrived in DC for a visit.

Arrival was by the Cardinal train from WEST VIRGINIA. The train originated in CHICAGO ILL.

Almost immediately I spotted two mules transporting. Upon arrival the train stopped short of station. The excuse, something was block tracks. Folks started getting their items and lining up to get off. We stayed seated. Soon a officer got onto our car dressed in police shoes,pants and tee shirt. People were order back into seats and denied exit as train pulled forward.

Both men were detained and arrested.

Inside of Union station was full of panhandles and mentally ill folks.

The sidewalks to our hotel contained tents with folks sleeping in. All their possessions gathered around.

Going out to walk around and to find a restaurant the sidewalks were lined with panhandlers.

Very unsafe. Several police vehicles driving around. No one asking these folks to move on.

Next day while waiting for bus. We noticed this person dressed in a black leather jacket with shirt along with a multi colored sheet wrapped around his bottom from waist to street.

He was smoking and talking to all the buildings. The sheet falling down exposing the lower parts of his naked body.

My wife said ignore him. I said he will come over to us.

Which he did. I ask him. PLEASES MOVE ON. I ask 3 TIMES.

He just looked at me. His expression changing, as he turn away. He took two steps turned and flipped the lit cigarette towards my face.

I blocked it, left him lying on street. Got onto my bus to next stop.

The bottom line of my story related to this story of corruption in DC police Dept.

Any police officer of city depts will tell you. Police work has changed so much. The states have Decriminalize intoxicating laws. Now a mental issue. Homeless/mental illness has caused all cities to change the way they do business.

There is no corruption in DC police operations.

The city administration sets the guide lines. We write citations instead of arrest. The jails are over flowing. Costing the cities millions to house, feed and pay medical bills.

Prisoners needing medical treatment. Sign OR BOND. So city does not pay bill.

Police work has became so complex. City tells chiefs who tell Major, Captain,Sargent to patrol officers. Times are changing. We want the dollars, we want tourism, we have to change.

This so called corrupt report the NEWS WRITES ABOUT. It has been caused by the cities starting with the very top of Mayor who excepts favors from their supporters.

Tell your officers to change. Then they hide behind closed doors.

Get out and spend time on the streets with these officers and commanders. See how frustrated they are!

I know I SERVED FOR OVER 33 yrs. Retired because our city was laying off 18 men and women due to financial problems of paying jail cost for these folks.

I Retired to save one job. Also because I was so pissed off due to orders and change of the way I did my job.

There is no corruption it is just officers doing as they are told to do by the CITY ADMINISTRATION! Just my thought

cspcapt
cspcapt

I was a Baltimore officer in 1977, so I'm not surprised by this allegation. DC = corruption.

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

Good Grief! This has been common practice and common knowledge through out the US for 30 years that I know of. Also most large departments flat out don't respond to most non in progress calls anymore. And reported crimes have gone down significantly. Shocking!!!! Also most reporting is voluntary so many cities just don't report stuff and FBI stats go down. Shocking!!!! I really didn't think anybody was stupid enough to think crime was actually getting better in the US but then P T Barnum said it best. . .

LEO0301
LEO0301

Yeah, I've heard of administrators fudging stats to make it look as if a city has less serious crime. I've also heard of those same people spending time behind bars and without a job. We'll see just how serious the city takes this allegation.

JBo
JBo

DC = Dodge City.

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