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Statement on Lt. Ouita Knowlton

As an organization comprised of people who have been impacted by sexual violence, PERL is very concerned by revelations that Lt. Ouita Knowlton, the award-winning supervisor of the MPD's DNA Unit, was relieved of duty April 3 and now faces a criminal investigation. We...

What backlog?

Neglected Testing

Contrary to the 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.