Residents, MPD Dispute 'Dangerous Neighborhoods' Report

Residents, MPD Dispute 'Dangerous Neighborhoods' Report

Two neighborhoods in Memphis are ranked in the top 25 most dangerous in the country. A Massachusetts research company collected the data from FBI reports and law enforcement agencies. But, MPD Director Toney Armstrong said the numbers are skewed.
MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - Two neighborhoods in Memphis are ranked in the top 25 most dangerous in the country. A Massachusetts research company collected the data from FBI reports and law enforcement agencies. But, MPD Director Toney Armstrong said the numbers are skewed.

One neighborhood in south Memphis was ranked as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the country, and residents there are mixed about the report.

"You can make stats say anything you want them too, you can, you can," said Ben Barry.

Johnny Wren, who works in the area, told abc24.com, "When we first came I was personally robbed, so I could understand more then, but recently I haven't seen anything that I would call dangerous."

Another resident, Robert Jones, also disagrees with the report. "I think they're lying on this one," he said.

So does Memphis Police Director Toney Armstrong.

"It's irresponsible of them to not reach out," he said at a Tuesday morning press conference. "I've never talked to them, I don't know who they are, I've never heard of them."

The research company, Location Inc., runs the website NeighborhoodScout.com. It's a website that ranked the number of violent crimes, like murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, per 1,000 residents.

Two Memphis neighborhoods made the top 25 dangerous neighborhood list: ranked at 23rd is the area of St. Paul and Walnut; the other, East Crump and South Fourth, is ranked 11th.

Armstrong stated, "In 2012 there were no homicides in either one of those neighborhoods, so I don't know how you can classify a neighborhood as one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America."

The majority of the crimes committed in these neighborhoods are larceny.

West Memphis made the list too. Ranked 21st is the area of Broadway and Stuart Avenue. The West Memphis Police Chief didn't want to appear on camera, but calls the ranking bogus and unfounded.

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