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Retired sex crimes detective says Memphis neglected rape cases

Retired sex crimes detective says Memphis neglected rape cases

City officials have said many of the untested kits involve older cases from an era before investigators realized the potential of DNA testing. Yet Wilkerson’s testimony provides what might be a watershed moment in the controversy: He says the problem persisted well after DNA testing became standard practice.

What backlog?

Neglected Testing

Contrary to theĀ popular narrative, untested rape kits are not the problem. They are just one symptom of larger problems with policing rape.

Neglected Data

Police departments have a strong incentive to manipulate crime data because lower crime rates make public officials look more successful.