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FBI : No Violations In Metro Crime Reporting

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The FBI is clearing the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department of any law enforcement corruption or violation of civil rights.  The FBI investigation stems from complaints about crime reporting practices. 

Questions arose earlier this year about the validity of declining crime numbers for 2012 after several city aldermen made their concerns public about possible under-reporting of crime.

"We had been told that citizens wanted to get police reports were told they were not getting them, that they were denied, they were discouraged from getting a police report," said Alderman Van Johnson.

After getting 12 complaints on reporting issues, the police department conducted its own internal review and asked the FBI to investigate.

"None of the things, even if true, that we were presented with rose to the level of a federal violation. Does not mean they're not serious, doesn't mean they shouldn't be addressed, and my understanding is that Chief Lovett has worked very hard to address those individual instances that were reported," said FBI Supervisory Senior Resident Agent, Eugene Kowel.

Alderman Van Johnson said he never thought criminal wrongdoing would be found but he still has questions for the chief.

"What I'm seeking is a clear understanding what crime is, how crime is reported. We need to make sure when we're talking about our crime rate that we are talking about apples to apples, oranges to oranges, when we compare Savannah to the other communities," said Johnson.

Mayor Edna Jackson said she hopes this shows the city won't sweep people's concerns under the rug. 

"You have to bring the comfort level to everyone. If there is one person that feels that there is something wrong with any situation, we have to make sure we look at it by bringing an outside person in to tell us what is going on," said Jackson.

The City Manager said the police chief will be back in front of city council in July.

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