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LAPD wrongly reclassified some serious crimes as minor, Times review finds
LAPD wrongly reclassified some serious crimes as minor, Times review finds

On a July night in 2013, a customer attacked cocktail waitress Alicia Alfaro in the face with a set of car keys outside the El Recreo Room in Cypress Park. "Half my face was covered in blood," said Alfaro, who bears a scar on her forehead. "My shirt and jeans were soaked in blood, too." At the time, Los Angeles police recorded the assault as a serious offense, a decision that was in line with federal rules for classifying crime. It was later changed to a "simple assault," a switch that meant the attack was not included in the city's violent-crime statistics. The Times reviewed dozens of cases the Los Angeles Police Department initially documented as...

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