The German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine recently raised the question if violent crime statistics are tweaked in the country.
A state police officer is quoted saying: “There is no lying, nothing is hushed, but things are deliberately left out.”
“There are orders to use our latitude of interpretation to preserve civil peace.”
The journalist Dieter Wonka met with the police officer, and now he knows specifically how the statistics are tweaked.
In a short video clip he states the following: “There is no written instruction to falsify the statistics. There are certain terms, for instance honour killings or sexual offenses, that if possible should not appear in reports.”
“In the case these terms do appear in police reports, from what I have understood, the police chief will make a written note on the report which says: ‘Please review this’.”
This is a signal to alert the police officer who wrote the report to remove certain terms which are provocative and could have a negative influence on the statistics.
In these statistics you will find the term assault instead of sexual assault without any further specification.
This means that the statistical accumulations are differently weighed and presented differently as what the clear insights in detail would reveal.”
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