The NYPD Tapes, Part 2

Bed-Stuy street cops ordered: Turn this place into a ghost town

One reason that cars are short: The precinct always loses a car to Commissioner Ray Kelly's "Critical Response" program. Those entail a line of cop cars that drive around Manhattan with their lights flashing.

The Voice asked professors John Eterno of Molloy College and Eli Silverman of John Jay College about the effect of the staffing problems combined with the pressures of the job. They said that demanding increased arrests with fewer officers is a recipe for disaster.

"The public has been led to believe that the NYPD can 'do more with less,' " Silverman says. "But the public has been sold a bill of goods. By trying to do the same things with so many fewer officers, the department is in the midst of an enormous balancing act. Something's got to give. I don't think they can keep it up without additional funding."

Both of Rhonda Scott’s wrists were broken when she was arrested for standing outside her house without ID.
C.S. Muncy
Both of Rhonda Scott’s wrists were broken when she was arrested for standing outside her house without ID.
Precinct Commander Steven Mauriello, who urged an aggressive campaign of arrests in the 81st.
C.S. Muncy
Precinct Commander Steven Mauriello, who urged an aggressive campaign of arrests in the 81st.

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The first installment of "The NYPD Tapes" series is here.

Follow continuing coverage of the NYPD Tapes here at our Runnin' Scared blog.


The Voice presents excerpts from "The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct," from precinct roll calls between June 1, 2008 and Oct. 31, 2009.

OCTOBER 31, 2008
"I Want Them Herded In Here Like New Year's Eve."


NOVEMBER 8, 2008
"We Own the Streets Here"



NOVEMBER 23, 2008
"Make Them Move. They Don't Wanna Move, Lock Them Up."



DECEMBER 8, 2008
"Anybody Walking Around, Stop Them, Shake Them up"



FEBRUARY 27, 2009
"I Know You Don't Want To Take These Shitty Collars, But . . ."


MARCH 13, 2009
"The Less People on The Street, The Easier Our Job Will Be"


APRIL 29, 2009
"If They're Acting Like Assholes on the Street, Why Should I Rush Them Out of Here. . ."



OCTOBER 19, 2009
"He Doesn't Live in the Real World."


OCTOBER 27, 2009
"Where Is Everybody? This is Going To Be a Bad Month."


They believe the increase in stop-and-frisks is driven by the department's obsession with its statistics program, CompStat. "The more 250s he has at those locations will help him get through those meetings," Eterno says. "Should they be focused on the numbers? It should be based on reasonable suspicion."

Silverman adds, "Supporters of the practice assert they are targeted, but the vast majority are for furtive movements. That hardly seems to be a targeted approach."

The precinct commander, they said, is likely repeating the message he got at CompStat meetings with bosses. "He's probably not being treated that well at CompStat, and he's probably treating his officers the same way. This is a culture of policing that has developed."

The commander is emulating a culture attempting to motivate its people through fear, rather than rewards, Eterno says. "This management by fear seems to be cultivated at CompStat, and it emanates throughout the department," he says.

In the next installment of "The NYPD Tapes," we'll examine the story of Officer Adrian Schoolcraft, his career, what led him to begin carrying a digital recorder, how he tried to report questionable activities in the precinct, and how his career effectively ended on the word of a deputy chief who was sitting on Schoolcraft's bed. The first installment of this series is here.

grayman@villagevoice.com

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