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Resource ID: #16389
Subject: Crime
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Date: Oct. to Dec., 1999

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The Inquirer found the Philadelphia Police Department's sex-crimes unit suppressed the citywide rape count and doctored its crime reports from the early 1980s until 1998, leading to promising leads that went unpursued and rapists striking again... "With thousands of incidents excluded from the official count, the city's crime statistics were meaningless - worse, misleading. The rape squad's much-touted clearance rate was a hoax...."

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