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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 05:04 AM
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Cop records other cops - VERY revealing - gets thrown in mental ward forcibly by supervisors
The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct
Comments (17) By Graham Rayman Tuesday, May 4 2010

Two years ago, a police officer in a Brooklyn precinct became gravely concerned about how the public was being served. To document his concerns, he began carrying around a digital sound recorder, secretly recording his colleagues and superiors.

He recorded precinct roll calls. He recorded his precinct commander and other supervisors. He recorded street encounters. He recorded small talk and stationhouse banter. In all, he surreptitiously collected hundreds of hours of cops talking about their jobs.

Made without the knowledge or approval of the NYPD, the tapesmade between June 1, 2008, and October 31, 2009, in the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant and obtained exclusively by the Voiceprovide an unprecedented portrait of what it's like to work as a cop in this city.

They reveal that precinct bosses threaten street cops if they don't make their quotas of arrests and stop-and-frisks, but also tell them not to take certain robbery reports in order to manipulate crime statistics. The tapes also refer to command officers calling crime victims directly to intimidate them about their complaints.

As a result, the tapes show, the rank-and-file NYPD street cop experiences enormous pressure in a strange catch-22: He or she is expected to maintain high "activity"including stop-and-frisksbut, paradoxically, to record fewer actual crimes.

...

Bosses spend more time in the roll calls haranguing the officers for "activity"or "paying the rent," as it was knownthan anything else. In other words, writing summonses, doing stop-and-frisks (known as "250s"), doing community visits, and making arrests. Or else.

....

On June 12, 2008, Lieutenant B. relayed the summons target: "The XO was in the other day. He actually laid down a number. He wants at least three seat belts, one cell phone, and 11 others. All right, so if I was on patrol, I would be sure to get three seat belts, one cell phone, and 11 others.

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In the 81st Precinct, it meant something substantially different, Schoolcraft says. It meant calling a crime victim and questioning them closely on the details of their complaint with an eye toward downgrading it or scrapping it.

"It's, 'Are you sure you want to do this?' " Schoolcraft says, describing the practice. "Sometimes, it's, 'Have you ever been arrested?' or 'We're going to know if you're lying or not.' "

.........

Three weeks after his meeting with QAD investigators, on October 31, Schoolcraft felt sick and went home from work. Hours later, a dozen police supervisors came to his house and demanded that he return to work. He declined, on health grounds. Eventually, Deputy Chief Michael Marino, the commander of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, which covers 10 precincts, ordered that Schoolcraft be dragged from his apartment in handcuffs and forcibly placed in a Queens mental ward for six days.

http://www.villagevoice.com/2010-05-04/news/the-nypd-ta...

A lot more at link, 8 pages worth.
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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 05:10 AM
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1. Only a crazy person would question the honor and honesty of the police..
:crazy:
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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 05:14 AM
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2. One big time copy defender just got a pizza
So the response may be muted
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 08:09 AM
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3. truly
cool.

Hope it's the one i think it is... ;)
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The Straight Story Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-06-10 09:16 PM
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4. it is :) (nt)
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Tsiyu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 12:13 AM
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5. yep, you're right, SS




Happy Days!

Thanks mods!

:toast:
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U4ikLefty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 12:26 AM
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7. yay!!!
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Zix Donating Member (881 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 01:32 AM
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17. Was it who I think it is?

What happened to him? Which thread got him squashed?
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Richard Steele Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 12:15 AM
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6. k&r
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PM Martin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 12:33 AM
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8. k/r
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tomm2thumbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 12:33 AM
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9. k&r

When you see how the system rewards those who break the rules against the public interest, you find it makes these tactics (secret recording) some of the only ways to get change to occur without systematic retaliation. I hope he makes a difference.


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slay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 01:11 AM
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10. I'm not surprised - K&R so people will know the cops REAL priorities
ever seen HBO's The Wire? Written by, and partially based off, research that journalist David Simon conducted while embedded in the Baltimore PD Homicide Division - something that had never been done. The book is called Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets and is awesome.

But it was The Wire where he really dealt in depth with real issues like cops manipulating crime statistics, planting evidence, the futility of the drug war, manipulation of the media, and other topics that even the mainstream news seems to avoid like the plague.

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Quantess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 01:49 AM
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11. Paulsby wishes he were able to post a comment about it.
Edited on Fri May-07-10 01:50 AM by Quantess
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PM Martin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 12:56 PM
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15. Being a regular on Hannity might be what
he is best suited for. Just sayin.....
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Heidi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 01:54 AM
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12. Recommended. (nt)
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harry_pothead Donating Member (752 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 02:22 AM
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13. And yet people pooh-pooh it when I say that police have ticket quotas.
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RedCappedBandit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-07-10 04:11 AM
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14. Ah.. so they do have quotas.
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troubledamerican Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 12:09 AM
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16. Turns out he really WAS crazy though -- "Shutter Island"
I think it was a trick ending, though
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Lagomorph Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 02:39 AM
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18. Corruption is systemic.
Cities compete for funding. They have to show results.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat May-08-10 03:33 AM
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19. Like everywhere else when money is tight, it's the guys on the lowest rungs
that get squeezed the worst. Where is the union or is that a stupid question?
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