Detroit Police Chief Blasts 'Dangerous City' Ranking

DETROIT (AP) -- Detroit's police chief is responding angrily to a new report that declares the Motor City the most dangerous in America.

Ella Bully-Cummings says the report published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly, is done for "shock value" and "to instill fear."

Bully-Cummings and other critics accuse the private group of misusing FBI crime statistics and failing to provide context. She also notes that the complete report is available only to those who buy it.

The report looked at 378 cities with at least 75,000 people based on per-capita rates for homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. Each crime category is considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness

An editor at CQ Press says the rankings are imperfect, but the numbers are straightforward. He says cities at the top of the list would not be there unless they ranked poorly in all six crime categories

St. Louis was ranked second behind Detroit this year. At the other end of the spectrum was Mission Viejo, California.

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