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Study shows Latino crime rate proportional to population

   |  Posted May 27th, 2010 @ 8:35am


SALT LAKE CITY -- Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank is armed with a new study to support his stance in the immigration debate. But critics think the study is flawed.

Burbank has said repeatedly he doesn't agree with lawmakers who feel Latinos commit a large share of Salt Lake City's violent crime.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports the study, commissioned by Burbank, backs him up. It says the Latino violent crime rate is proportional to the Latino population. The study also shows identity-theft crime among Latinos is actually lower than the general population.

Critics of the study question the results. They say the sample size was too small.

Burbank commissioned the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equity to see if data and public perception supported his opinion and to analyze the effects of SB81.

The Tribune reports the consortium interviewed 96 whites, 54 documented Latinos, 49 undocumented Latinos and 118 Salt Lake City police officers.

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