retreat and re-group
stop pissing yourselves
and for god sakes, stop buying into their 'language' and their 'framing'
you know damn well it has nothing to do with 'crime'
so stop defending a point that is made-up.
Stick to YOUR message
ReFrame the situation under YOUR framework. repeat until the media adopts, or at least acknowledges your point of view.
And in the mean time quit gripping and find a new camp OR something. I know it's not easy.
But hey. It's just a suggestion.