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Police Union: D.C. Crime Rate Up Due To Occupy DC

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Leaders of D.C.'s police union say that the Metropolitan Police Department has had to divert resources from neighborhoods to patrol the Occupy DC movement.
Leaders of D.C.'s police union say that the Metropolitan Police Department has had to divert resources from neighborhoods to patrol the Occupy DC movement.

The union representing D.C. Police claims crime in the District is up significantly, in part because officers are being pulled out of neighborhoods to patrol the Occupy DC movement.

Kris Baumann is the chairman of the Fraternal Order of Police. He sent a scathing letter to Mayor Vincent Gray. 

"Regardless of whether Occupy DC is here, the fact that the Mayor hasn't come forward to warn residents about the increase in violent crime, and the mounting problems, is inexcusable," Baumann says. 

The FOP claims violent crime is up 14 percent and overall crime is up 11 percent in the District, since Occupy DC moved into the city in early October.

"The mayor and the chief have decided to send officers out of the neighborhoods down the the Occupy DC areas not just during the protests, but help in the monitoring of those encampments," Baumann says. 

A spokesperson for Mayor Gray's office says they are still reviewing the letter from the FOP.

Fraternal Order of Police Letter to Mayor Gray
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