Kelly campaign defends its crime statistics 

The campaign for Chris Kelly, the Facebook privacy officer who is fighting District Attorney Kamala Harris for the Democratic nod for attorney general, defended its crime numbers today after we questioned their validity.

In 2008, The City had the most homicides per 100,000 residents out of any county in the state. The Kelly campaign used counties instead of cities because the district attorney is a county position, said Robin Swanson, spokeswoman for the Kelly campaign.

Of course, comparing San Francisco to other counties can be tricky, considering it’s the only city and county in the state, meaning it has its own police department.

As for using stale Department of Justice numbers that only go up to 2008, Swanson says the campaign used the most up-to-date numbers available from the state.

“We’re trying to show Kamala Harris’ record on this,” Swanson said.

Of course, it wouldn’t be difficult to find the dramatically decreased homicide rate for San Francisco in 2009. Maybe instead of saying San Francisco has the highest homicide rate in the state, they should have said had the highest homicide rate in the state.

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