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Friday, February 20, 2004


ATLANTA UNDERREPORTED CRIMES 

Report says Atlanta underreported crimes in order to land 1996 Olympics

ATLANTA (AP) - Atlanta underreported crimes for years to help land the 1996 Olympics and pump up tourism, according to an audit commissioned by police and released Friday.

Police in this relentlessly self-promoting city of the New South routinely altered or suppressed thousands of crime reports in a concerted effort ``to improve Atlanta's chances for selection,'' the audit said, citing interviews with several officers.

"Crime incidents were downgraded, underreported and discarded,'' the report said.

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