MSNBC reported earlier this week that “the number of untested rape kits in Los Angeles Police Department’s evidence lockers is far fewer than previously calculated.” On Monday officials said that the backlog could be cleared by summer 2010 and that “the total of untested kits now stands at 4,423, opposed to the previous figure of nearly 7,000.”
Deputy Chief Charlie Beck said the pledge to eliminate the backlog is based on the assumption that staffing and funding levels remain unchanged.
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