Old hoax about US crime statistics recirculates online as anti-racism protests continue | AFP Fact Check

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Multiple Facebook posts have repeatedly shared a graphic purporting to show 2015 US crime statistics released by the "Crime Statistics Bureau - San Francisco". The posts purport to compare offender rates based on race and statistics on police killings. They were shared as large anti-racism protests were held across the US over the police killing of George Floyd. The claims are false; a US criminologist said the statistics are "bogus"; the San Francisco Police Department said the "Crime Statistics Bureau - San Francisco" cited in the posts does not exist.

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