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Claim: Pittsburg police secretly lowered its crime stats for decades

Published Saturday May 7

PITTSBURG >> For more than 2 decades, the Pittsburg Police Department has secretly and inappropriately lowered its felony crime stats, according to an explosive claim by a former high-ranking officer of the agency.

Officers were taught to funnel cases with a lack of credible witnesses, workable leads or not likely prosecution into a category called “suspicious circumstances,” which would keep those felonies, such as assaults or robberies, from reaching the FBI.

Derby alleges he was ostracized after speaking out about the likely statistics manipulation and decades of department corruption, and eventually was pushed to retire in January.

Article length: About 1690 words.
Tags: City of pittsburg
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