Video: Texas County Lying About Crime Stats
Remember when Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano claimed the Southwest border is more secure than it’s ever been? One county in Texas may be manipulating their crime statistics to receive more taxpayer funded federal grants.
Hidalgo County,Texas is across the border from Reynosa, Mexico. Reynosa is one of the most violent cities in Mexico. Hidalgo Sheriff, Guadalupe “Lupe” Trevino, doesn’t think the drug cartel violence is spilling into his county. PJ Media reports that Sheriff Trevino thinks domestic violence is more of a problem for his county than the drug cartels.
PJ Media released a video that showed a Hidago crime analyst speaking with a deputy within the sheriff’s office. The analyst revealed that he would often downgrade the severity of violent crimes in the county.
Hidalgo residents tell a different story about local crime. On August 10th, a local media outlet reported that Hidalgo residents are regular victims of crimes and have no confidence the sheriff will protect them. However, the county has received about $6 million of federal funds specifically designated to secure border cities since 2004. The federal money has been used for anti-narcotic efforts and top of the line video surveillance towers. The money came from a federal grant known as Operation Stonegarden and allowed them to purchase vehicles and video sky towers. Residents say these are used for non-police purposes.