FOP Chairman Cites Occupy Movement For Crime Spike
WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA)-- Kristopher Baumann, the chairman of D.C.'s Fraternal Order of Police is calling out D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.
Baumann, says the mayor was on a local talk show two weeks ago making claims that the occupy movement has not caused any increase in crime. Baumann, tells 9News that isn't true.
He said, "There has been a double digit increase in violent crime and overall crime in the city, and as time has passed, it's become worse and worse."
According to Baumann, the crime is being seen in areas where police officers are being pulled away to go and patrol the occupiers. He said when those neighborhoods have fewer officers on their streets, the crime rate goes up.
Baumann has sent Mayor Gray a letter along with supporting documents that he claims prove the Occupy movement is to blame for the spike in crime. The letter states that violent crime is up 13 percent and overall crime is up 10 percent since the movement began on October 1st.
Baumann added, "Which is worse? Does the mayor really not know that there is really a double digit increase in crime or is he just misrepresenting the facts. I don't know which is worse and I am very interested to see what his response is."
Mayor Gray did not respond to these allegations on Thursday. A spokeswoman said he will publicly address the issue on Friday during a 2:30 p.m. news conference alongside DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier.