In an astounding – and probably accidental – moment of journalism, Philadelphia’s news media investigators revealed one of the most incompetent, corrupt, and lazy actions perpetrated by the Philadelphia Police Department.
Shineka Crawford will never forget the day her 18-year-old son Shaquille Barbour was killed. She was at a family gathering in North Philadelphia last summer, when she learned a gunman shot Shaquille more than a dozen times. Crawford found him bleeding in the street.
But according to Philadelphia Police Department records, Barbour was not shot on the 1700 block of 68th Avenue in West Oak Lane in front of family. The data showed he was killed in Disney World.
Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, one of the worst police commissioners in the city’s history, started this trend years ago, thanks to his uber-corrupt data analyst. Instead of correcting the location – which would have been corrected once the report was filed – the city made the choice to send the report to Walt Disney World.
For more than a decade, if Philadelphia police officers made a typo or were unable to record a precise location for a crime committed in the city, the department would mark the incident with GPS coordinates inside Disney World in Florida. Specifically, the area behind Cinderella’s Castle known as “Fantasyland” became the default location for inaccurate crime data.
In her son Shaquille’s case, instead of logging his homicide as occurring in the 1700 block of 68th Avenue, officers recorded the crime’s location as the 1700 block of North 68th Street. That location doesn’t exist, so in the department’s records, the incident was assigned coordinates for Fantasyland.
This is a despicable practice, and most police departments send typos into the coordinates 0,0, which is the Atlantic Ocean. They could obviously make the report unfounded and write a more accurate report, but that would mean someone would have to do the work. That’s not a big priority in Philadelphia.
The NBC10 Investigators learned that over the past six years, more than 5,000 crimes—including 16 arsons, 50 homicides, and 298 auto thefts—were plotted to Disney World.
The report claims 5,000 crimes were sent to Fantasyland, but the accurate numbers are likely closes to 10,000. But wait, here is the best part. It’s not just the stats that are corrupt…
The Philadelphia Police Department’s director of research and analysis, Kevin Thomas, said he had not heard of the Disney World coordinates policy until NBC10 brought it to his attention.
This is an absolute lie. Thomas runs the Research and Analysis Unit, and he knows every nook and cranny of the unit. Not only does Thomas know these crimes were sent to Disney World, but he and/or his employees are the ones shipping them to Fantasyland.