LAPD Misclassified Nearly 1,200 Violent Crimes as Minor Offenses in One-Year Span: L.A. Times Investigation

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announces the mid-year crime statistics for 2014. The LAPD's count of aggravated assaults rose 12% in the first half of the year, compared with the year before. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck announces the mid-year crime statistics for 2014. The LAPD's count of aggravated assaults rose 12% in the first half of the year, compared with the year before. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

Once police had Nathan Hunter in handcuffs, they tended to his wife.

She was covered in blood. She told the officers Hunter flew into a rage that night in February 2013 because she hadn’t bought him a Valentine’s Day gift. He beat and choked her before stabbing her in the face with a screwdriver and throwing her down a flight of stairs at their apartment in South L.A., according to police and court records.

Hunter, 55, was convicted of felony spousal abuse and sentenced to six years in prison.

Under FBI rules followed by police departments across the country, the beating should have been counted as an aggravated assault because Hunter used a weapon and caused serious injuries.

Click here to read the full investigation on LATimes.com.