Politicians love to cite crime data. It’s often wrong.
Law enforcement agencies’ inability — or refusal — to send their annual crime data to the FBI has resulted in a distorted picture of the United States’ crime trends, according to a Stateline analysis of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program participation data.
The largest news agency in the US changes crime reporting practices | Opinion
AP’s new policy signals a shift in U.S. politics and culture. It takes a small step away from the traditional “tell-all” practice of American crime reporting. It embraces a bit of the empathy toward wrongdoers shown by reporters in some European countries.