CHICAGO (CBS) — The City Council’s Progressive Caucus has asked for a public hearing into allegations the Chicago Police Department has exaggerated a drop in crime.
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Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), a member of the council’s Progressive Caucus, wants a closer look at the numbers, and he and six members of the caucus have asked Ald. James Balcer (11th), who chairs the Public Safety Committee, to hold hearings into the city’s crime statistics.
“We want to find what the public view is of crime classification, and reporting practices of the Chicago Police Department, because there’s a lot of issues dealing with the integrity of what the public is being told,” Fioretti said.READ MORE: Local College Professor Charged With Hate Crime, Accused Of Yelling Racial Slurs At Woman, Spitting On Her, And Hitting Her Car In Oak Park Jewel-Osco Parking Lot
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Fioretti said he wants to get to the bottom of the issue.