Over the past years there have been many investigations that were started by reporters which then initiated public outrage and caused for further investigation by the proper authorities. One such investigation was carried out by Craig McCoy, the city editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer. The investigation was described in his essay called How We Got That Story: The Buried Rapes. The spark of interest began in 1998 when the Inquirer wrote articles about how the Philadelphia’s police department had ignored reporting’s of crime in order to make their citizens believe their city was more safe than it really actually was. Many officers admitted to this occurring, but claimed that murder and rape was accurately recorded. However in 1998 there was a report where a woman said she was raped by a loan shark in front of other men and yet this claim was demoted to a code that said “investigation of person.” This prompted for further investigation and they later discovered there were thousands of similar reports that were classified as “investigation of person” or “code 2701.” The investigation soon brought to light that multiple different rape cases that were ignored, were all victims of
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