Flynn blames human error for misreporting of crime stats

CREATED May 23, 2012 - UPDATED: May 23, 2012

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  • Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn

MILWAUKEE- Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said human error is to blame, not a malicious attempt to skew crime stats after the Journal Sentinel discovered that hundreds of MPD assault cases were misreported.

Flynn said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon that during his time as police chief, since January 2008, there has been "an aggressive drop in homicide."  Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Nick Iannelli reports that Flynn said it is disingenuous to imply that the crimes incorrectly entered into their system is in any way related to the department's integrity.

The Journal Sentinel's investigation found that, "More than 500 incidents since 2009 were misreported to the FBI as minor assaults and not included in the city's violent crime rate, the investigation found."

Flynn said an internal audit is underway to limit these mistakes in the future.

He also attacked the Journal Sentinel's report for failing to contextualize the data.  He said the probe didn't compare those crime stats to previous Milwaukee data or other cities of similar size.