The NYPD has become so obsessed with trying to show an ever-lower crime rate that it erased February 29, 2008.
That day, however, was particularly bloody in the Ninth Precinct. Outside the East Village Key Food supermarket, a makeshift memorial still stands, weeks after a Leap Day slaying of one of the store's employees.
The NYPD Ignores Leap Day Crimes to Keep Stats Low
On February 29, inside the market at Avenue A and 4th Street, James Gonzalez, a 42-year-old ex-con known to store workers as "Crazy Jimmy," allegedly repeatedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend, Tina Negron, to death with a butcher's knife. Both worked at the market. Negron would have turned 25 years old on March 16.
It was the Ninth Precinct's first homicide of the year. But according to NYPD stats, it didn't happen. Check the NYPD website, and you discover that there have been no murders in the precinct this year.
You have to go to the fine print—an asterisk at the bottom of the stats—to get what's kind of an explanation: "Crime figures for February 29, 2008 . . . were excluded to ensure accurate comparisons."