Crime statistics don't tell whole story


From Staff Reports

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Rocky Mount Police Chief James Moore said if someone isn't in the room when and where bullets hit during a shooting, then his officers don't classify such a crime as shooting into an occupied dwelling.

The N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled that just having someone standing on a porch means the dwelling is occupied.

Because of scenarios like this, law enforcement officials, business owners and victims question Moore's recent report that crime is down in Rocky Mount.

Telegram reporters have been working for two weeks on four related stories: A look at crime numbers including interviews with Moore, other police officers and an examination of reports; an examination of this year's homicides; an opinion roundup of local businesses; and the story of a victim highlighting the humanity behind the statistics.

Review related documents linked to this page and pick up today's Telegram for the stories.