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Resource ID: #22236
Subject: Crime
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Date: Jan. 16, 17, Aug. 28-31

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This St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigation the conspicuously low number of reported rapes in St. Louis. It found the St. Louis Police Department engaging in practices to keep the number of crimes down for statistics---especially crimes involving sexual assault or rape. Records show that the department made use of informal, handwritten "crime memos" to document such cases instead of official reports. These memos were frequently lost, and in most cases the investigations were never pursued or followed up.

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