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dcist: “Metro Police Scrub Crime Narratives From Public Data”

by Borderstan.com March 28, 2009 at 7:05 pm 1 Comment

I won’t attempt to explain… I will let dcist tell the story:

Earlier this month, Derek Willis twittered that the Metro Police Department had stripped crime incident narratives from its public data feed. Former District resident Ben Walsh noticed and decided to find out why. The reason? MPD manager of Internet communications Kaylin Castelli blames listserves.

Read posting at dcist.

Comments (1)

  1. Thank you–I have been complaining about this for months. The DC police will nor release information on crimes, supposedly to protect “privacy,” but what it really does is prevent citizens from ensuring their own safety or solve crimes. BTW, notwithstanding this information “black out,” through a search of the police reports following two disturbing incidents very near my home, I discovered that at the foot of the sidewalk to my front door there had been two hold ups with guns. We are talking less than 50 feet from my front door. The DC Police should have been notifying me! They should have been asking whether I had seen or heard anything and warning me of the danger; they should have told me something about the alleged perpetrators. But they did not.

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