State, local officials seek audit of Milwaukee police crime numbers

State and local leaders on Wednesday called for independent audits of the Milwaukee Police Department’s crime numbers, citing a Journal Sentinel investigation that found more than 500 cases in which serious assaults were misclassified as lesser offenses.

The Journal Sentinel review discovered an additional 800 cases since 2009 that follow the same pattern but couldn’t be verified with available public records. Copies of those incident reports have been sought from police through an open records request.

Via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.