LOS ANGELES MURDER RATE SHOOTS UP 100%? NOT!
by Joe Shea
American Reporter Correspondent
LOS ANGELES -- An email news briefing distributed Wednesday by the Los A= ngeles Police Commission may have left some people thinking the City of Ang= els is becoming a city of carnage with a murder rate that has climbed 100 p= ercent in a single year.
The briefing was in error, an embarrassed Police Commission secretary sai= d Wednesday afternoon.
"Thank you for catching that," said Tammie Katana, who had included the = errant statistic in an email briefing that goes out to media and community = leaders the day after each regularly scheduled commission meeting. The enai= l briefing had reported (erroneously):
"Deputy Chief Bostic announced that there are approximately 3.3% more vi= olent crimes this year compared to this time last year. There are 236 homi= cides this year compared to 118 at this time last year. Last weekend the H= arbor Area sponsored 'Walk Against Crime,' which was very successful. The D= epartment hopes to have similar events in all Areas."
The errant statistic was not part of the commission's regular brief= ing at its Tuesday meeting, usually provided by police chief Bernard C. Par= ks. Parks' role was played Tuesday by Deputy Chief Mike Bostic, the police= officer who trained recruits now patrolling the dangerous streets of Kosov= o. Bostic was unavailable for comment, his office said Wednesday afternoon= , but a staff member said the statistics had come from the office of the Ch= ief of Police.
The LAPD's busy Web site, www.lapdonline.org, also provides crime statis= tics, which show that as of April 14, 2001, murders were up 11.8 percent, f= rom 110 on April 14 last year to 123 this year. That is about one murder pe= r day.