The NYPD Tapes Confirmed

The report police hid for nearly two years that corroborates a Voice investigation — and vindicates a whistle-blower the NYPD tried to destroy

The NYPD Tapes Confirmed
Photography: Henry Hargreaves, Prop Styling: Sarah Guido

In 2010, The Village Voice produced a five-part series, the "NYPD Tapes," about a cop who secretly taped his fellow New York Police Department officers.

For more than two years, Adrian Schoolcraft secretly recorded every roll call at the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn and captured his superiors urging police officers to do two things in order to manipulate the "stats" that the department is under pressure to produce: Officers were told to arrest people who were doing little more than standing on the street, but they were also encouraged to disregard actual victims of serious crimes who wanted to file reports.

Arresting bystanders made it look like the department was efficient, while artificially reducing the amount of serious crime made the commander look good.

Photography: Henry Hargreaves, Prop Styling: Sarah Guido

In October 2009, Schoolcraft met with NYPD investigators for three hours and detailed more than a dozen cases of crime reports being manipulated in the district. Three weeks after that meeting—which was supposed to have been kept secret from Schoolcraft's superiors—his precinct commander and a deputy chief ordered Schoolcraft to be dragged from his apartment and forced into the Jamaica Hospital psychiatric ward for six days.

In the wake of our series, NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly ordered an investigation into Schoolcraft's claims. By June 2010, that investigation produced a report that the department has tried to keep secret for nearly two years.

The Voice has obtained that 95-page report, and it shows that the NYPD confirmed Schoolcraft's allegations. In other words, at the same time that police officials were attacking Schoolcraft's credibility, refusing to pay him, and serving him with administrative charges, the NYPD was sitting on a document that thoroughly vindicated his claims.

Investigators went beyond Schoolcraft's specific claims and found many other instances in the 81st Precinct where crime reports were missing, had been misclassified, altered, rejected, or not even entered into the computer system that tracks crime reports.

These weren't minor incidents. The victims included a Chinese-food delivery man robbed and beaten bloody, a man robbed at gunpoint, a cab driver robbed at gunpoint, a woman assaulted and beaten black and blue, a woman beaten by her spouse, and a woman burgled by men who forced their way into her apartment.

"When viewed in their totality, a disturbing pattern is prevalent and gives credence to the allegation that crimes are being improperly reported in order to avoid index-crime classifications," investigators concluded. "This trend is indicative of a concerted effort to deliberately underreport crime in the 81st Precinct."

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

The investigation found that crime complaints were changed to reflect misdemeanor rather than felony crimes, which prevented those incidents from being counted in the all-important crime statistics. In addition, the investigation concluded that "an unwillingness to prepare reports for index crimes exists or existed in the command."

Moreover, a significant number of serious index crimes were not entered into the computer tracking system known as OmniForm. "This was more than administrative error," the probe concluded.

There was an "atmosphere in the command where index crimes were scrutinized to the point where it became easier to either not take the report at all or to take a report for a lesser, non-index crime," investigators concluded.

Precinct Commander Steven Mauriello "failed to meet [his] responsibility." As a result, "an atmosphere was created discouraging members of the command to accurately report index crimes."

Mauriello's lawyer and union representative say he did nothing wrong.

Some 45 members of the command were interviewed, and hundreds of documents were examined.

The implications of the report are obvious: If the 81st Precinct was a typical station house, then crime manipulation is more widespread than city officials have admitted.

John Eterno, a criminologist at Molloy College and a former NYPD captain, says that what was happening in the 81st Precinct is no isolated case. "The pressures on commanders are enormous, to make sure the crime numbers look good," Eterno says. "This is a culture. This is happening in every precinct, every transit district, and every police housing service area. This culture has got to change."

As for Mauriello, he's no rogue commander, says Eterno, who has published a book about crime reporting with John Jay College professor Eli Silverman. "Mauriello is no different from any other commander," he says. "This is just a microcosm of what is happening in the entire police department."

Indeed, it is clear from Schoolcraft's recordings that Mauriello was responding to pressure emanating from the Brooklyn North borough command and police headquarters for lower crime numbers and higher summons and stop-and-frisk numbers.

The seven index crimes—murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary, grand larceny, and auto theft—are the central public indicators of the city's crime rate and, by extension, its reputation. The crime numbers are also the bedrock in evaluating the Bloomberg administration and critical to attracting tourism and economic development to the city.

As a result, Mayor Bloomberg and Kelly have gone to great lengths to insist the crime statistics are accurate. They have publicly downplayed the Schoolcraft allegations and insisted that any "underreporting" is a tiny anomaly. 

Kelly's aides have also sought to marginalize Schoolcraft—to, in effect, kill the messenger. And the department has succeeded in making his life extremely uncomfortable. Schoolcraft has been suspended without pay for 27 months, he faces department charges, he was placed under surveillance for a time, and the city even blocked his application for unemployment benefits.

But the report amounts to a vindication of Schoolcraft's claims, undermines the city's official claims about the accuracy of the crime statistics, and confirms most of the findings in the "NYPD Tapes" series.

"He [Schoolcraft] brought to light a number of different issues related to crime reporting," a police source familiar with the investigation tells the Voice.

In the period since Schoolcraft came forward, investigators found similar informal but taboo practices in other precincts, police sources say.

Those findings, police sources say, were the reason behind Kelly's unprecedented departmental order in January, which reminded officers of their crime-reporting responsibilities.

Kelly never publicly acknowledged the actual reason behind issuing the order and claimed it was "routine." His spokesman, Paul Browne, claimed it had nothing to do with concerns about underreporting of crime. But no one could remember a similar order ever being issued in the past.

Based on the findings of this broader examination, the order told cops they had to take crime complaints. They could not send victims to other precincts, discount them because they weren't totally cooperative, reclassify a crime, delay recording a crime, or reject a crime because they didn't think prosecutors would pursue a conviction.

These are all dodges that have evolved in the era of CompStat, the NYPD's widely copied crime-fighting strategy, which ties career promotions to crime numbers, creating a strong incentive for commanders to downgrade reports.

But Kelly has not issued any overall examination of the accuracy of the city's crime statistics, nor has any outside investigative agency conducted a broader probe.

Instead, the police department has pursued a strategy of stonewalling reporters and refusing to release any documents surrounding the Schoolcraft affair. Indeed, the Voice was blocked in its efforts to obtain this report through the New York State Freedom of Information Law.

The request was blocked even though at the time, the report had been completed and therefore, should have been released.

Moreover, other investigations ordered by Kelly in 2010 appear to be on an indefinite, murky schedule. A three-member panel of former federal prosecutors is more than seven months late in issuing its findings. One of its members passed away in December.

All of this suggests that Bloomberg and Kelly are simply trying to delay a full accounting until after the next mayoral election. And other agencies—such as the state attorney general—won't address it either.

Schoolcraft alleged that commanders knew he had come forward and used the psychiatric stay to retaliate against him. For more than two years, the NYPD has publicly insisted that was not the case.

But the actual internal charges against Precinct Commander Mauriello raise new questions about that piece of the story. Mauriello, in his department charges, is accused of lying when he claimed he didn't know about the investigation into crime reporting in the 81st Precinct.

In fact, Mauriello knew before Schoolcraft was committed, investigators found. In addition, he denied he had seen Schoolcraft's memo book, which contained some of his allegations, when, in fact, he had seen it.

Mauriello is also charged with failing to file a report for auto theft, lying about his role in the incident, and falsely denying that he examined the precinct's crime report every day.

Schoolcraft, who turned out to be right, now is protected only by his lawsuit against the city—for which he was criticized.

In all, 11 of the 13 cases brought to investigators by Schoolcraft were substantiated. Complaints were downgraded in an attempt to avoid index-crime classification, investigators concluded. Reports were never filed. Reports were delayed and rewritten. Victims were ignored and pressured.

• A 2008 attempted robbery was classified as misdemeanor assault. Schoolcraft had alleged in this instance that a sergeant in the precinct ordered him to downgrade the report, saying, "We can't take another robbery."

• A 2008 robbery was wrongly classified as a report of lost property. Schoolcraft had given investigators an e-mail from the victim who claimed he had been beaten and robbed of his wallet and cell phone by three men. But the crime complaint was changed to "lost property [because] the victim doesn't feel he was a victim of a crime."

Disturbingly, two officers told the victim that because he couldn't identify his attackers, the case would be classified as lost property. That's a direct violation of NYPD policy.

None of the precinct officers interviewed in that incident could explain how the report was changed to lost property. The complaint was upgraded to robbery. Two officers were disciplined.

•The precinct somehow "lost" the complaint for a 2009 attempted robbery. Schoolcraft has said in the past that he subsequently wrote a new report after the initial one couldn't be found.

A precinct sergeant told the victim that he would have to return to the precinct to look at mug shots, a process that would take "several hours." The victim said he had a job event to attend. Later, the complaint disappeared. In addition, the complaint languished for three days—a violation of a requirement that reports be "finalized" within 24 hours. A sergeant is facing department charges over the incident.

•The precinct commander ordered cops not to take a car theft. Here, the victim ran into several barriers in filing her complaint. First, an officer told her to wait a few days to see if the car reappeared. That advice delayed the investigation for two days. In addition, Schoolcraft had alleged that Mauriello ordered the female officer not to take the complaint. The officer lost five vacation days as a result of the investigation.

•In a 2009 incident, an elderly man said he was a burglary victim. When he showed up at the precinct to file a report, a sergeant told him to go to another precinct to file. Again, this is a violation of the NYPD's own policy. It was only after a newspaper article appeared months later that a report was taken.

•A 60-year-old retired traffic agent made repeated visits to the precinct to get a complaint number for her stolen vehicle from May through June 2009. The investigation showed the report was never entered into the NYPD computer system, preventing it from being counted in the crime statistics. Investigators concluded nothing would have been done if the woman hadn't been a former traffic agent and pressed the issue.

•In another auto theft, the victim got frustrated because she had to wait hours to file her complaint. The report was never entered in the computer system.

When she went to the 81st Precinct, the victim was told she had to go to the 79th Precinct. When she contacted the 79th Precinct, she was told she had to go to the location where the vehicle disappeared and report it to the 81st Precinct.

"She waited an inordinate amount of time, her was complaint was never investigated, nor was a complaint report ever generated," investigators concluded.

•A man walked into the precinct to ask for his car-theft complaint report in June 2009. The report had disappeared, and a new one was made. Schoolcraft claimed that Precinct Commander Mauriello refused to accept the report.

A month later, two men were arrested for stealing the car. Only after that did 81st Precinct cops enter the report.

The victim subsequently confirmed that he felt that Mauriello was "interrogating" him and doubted he was telling the truth.

Investigators concluded that the report should have been an auto theft, not an "unauthorized use of a vehicle." They also found that Mauriello's account contradicted that of the victim and his cousin and wasn't credible.

•Investigators also recommended charges against a sergeant who told officers on Mauriello's orders not to take robbery reports if victims refused to return to the station house. Although the remark was on the Schoolcraft recordings, the sergeant initially denied ever saying that. Mauriello denied issuing any such order.

Investigators learned that no report was ever taken for the incident, which led to the sergeant's order.

•After a woman reported a knifepoint robbery, another precinct sergeant told cops, "If no surveillance cameras show her getting robbed, she's going to be locked up." In essence, cops were pressuring her not to file the complaint. The victim got frustrated, and no report was filed.

Investigators concluded that two officers failed to take the report, and the sergeant failed to follow up. All three cops are facing possible charges.

As to Schoolcraft's claims that Mauriello and one of his lieutenants repeatedly ordered cops to downgrade index crimes, investigators examined hundreds of complaints and found several dozen misclassified reports.

Even so, Mauriello and precinct supervisors still denied there was any extensive manipulation of crime reports.

A sergeant and officers told investigators that Mauriello reviewed the previous days' crime reports, but Mauriello denied that. He also denied calling victims back himself, even though the Schoolcraft tapes and a statement by one of Mauriello's lieutenants clearly show that he did.

Schoolcraft claimed that index crimes weren't being entered into the NYPD computer system that tracks crime reports citywide. Investigators found, based on a seven-week sample, that was true in 7 percent of cases.

Precinct officers did upgrade some complaints, but only at the low rate of one report per week, investigators concluded. Those upgrades were often done more than a month after the incident, rendering it impossible to actually solve the crime.

"This represents a severe delay in accurate crime reporting and calls into question the motive for changing the classification" after so much time had passed, investigators wrote.

Probers found seven instances where a crime was initially called a felony, changed to a misdemeanor, and then upgraded to a felony again long afterward. Investigators wrote that they found "severe deficiencies in the overall crime-reporting process as a whole."

Investigators found 46 crimes in all where something was not done properly, and thus did not make it into the precinct-crime stats. Twenty-five were misclassified, 16 were missing, and five weren't entered into the system.

"The investigation revealed the lengths that some members of the command went to in order to avoid index-crime reports," investigators concluded, going on to describe a "reluctance" to submit the reports. Since it was Mauriello's ultimate responsibility, investigators cited a "serious failure" in his command.

"Because of this failure, an atmosphere was created discouraging members of the command to accurately report index crimes," investigators concluded.

In all, five precinct officers, two sergeants, and Mauriello were either disciplined or charged with department infractions. Most of the command structure in the 81st was transferred. Kelly appointed one of the city's few female African American commanders to replace Mauriello.

Deputy Chief Michael Marino, the man who ordered Schoolcraft to be committed, was also transferred.

Probers referred two of Schoolcraft's allegations to Internal Affairs: one involving the arrests of people on minor infractions held unnecessarily in the command and released, and the other, three arrests of people who tried to turn guns in to the station house.

Schoolcraft remains under a kind of indefinite suspension without pay and lives upstate with his father. His federal lawsuit is moving along in a preliminary phase.

His lawyer, Jon Norinsberg, says the secret NYPD investigation totally backs Schoolcraft and proves that "crime reports were deliberately manipulated to create an utterly false portrait of crime levels in the precinct."

"The fact that the NYPD knew about a report that wholly vindicated Adrian's claims but never released it to the public—much less acknowledged its existence—is disgraceful and a complete betrayal of the trust of the people of New York," Norinsberg says. "Rather than attacking Adrian's credibility, the NYPD should have commended this officer's courage in coming forward—at great risk to himself and his own career—to expose the dishonesty and fraud that was taking place at the 81st Precinct."

Norinsberg says Commissioner Kelly's actions "have been nothing more than window dressing." "He has addressed the problem cosmetically but has done nothing at all to deal with the actual root of the problem: CompStat," he says. "This is the driving force behind the NYPD's obsession with numbers."

Norinsberg says his office has been "flooded with e-mails from other officers who have reported downgrading and non-reporting of crime merely to pad their commander's stats."

"It is a gross distortion of the truth to suggest that manipulation of crime statistics occurred only in the 81st Precinct," he says. "This is a citywide problem."

As for the other man at the center of the story—Mauriello—he is in a sort of limbo himself. He was transferred to Bronx Transit and charged departmentally 18 months ago, but little has happened since then—much to the irritation of his lawyer and union representative.

Roy Richter, the president of the Captains Endowment Association, says that despite the broad allegations contained in the report, Mauriello is only charged with obstructing the taking of a single auto-theft report.

"It's important to note that Mauriello was not charged in any administrative action related to the broad conclusions that are contained in the report," Richter says. "Prior to the investigation, his command was rated very highly in previous crime-statistics audits. We will challenge the charges against him. We feel he's been wrongly charged."

Mauriello is on full duty in the Bronx Transit command as an executive officer. During his time at the 81st Precinct, his command won a coveted unit citation for outstanding performance, and he was promoted.

As for the charge that Mauriello misled investigators, Richter says: "He was directed to recall incidents that happened a year or more before. It's difficult for any person or police officer or reporter to describe a timeline of events that happened 12 months previous. There was no misleading. He testified to the best of his memory at the time."

Lou La Pietra, Mauriello's lawyer, says his client denies the charges filed against him. "He's a fall guy," La Pietra says. "I don't know why, whether it's being done for political or litigation reasons. But he wants to move forward."

Richter and La Pietra are critical of the department delay to bringing the case to trial. "He was served in October 2010, and they haven't done anything more since," La Pietra says. "The guy's been put out to pasture 18 months. I don't know what their bigger agenda is."

grayman@villagevoice.com

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viva_yo
viva_yo

I live in the LES. Since Nov. 2009, the career druggies in the apt. below mine have been making something with all the hallmarks of crystal meth. (Strong caustic fumes of acetic acid, ammonia, acetone, sulfuric & muriatic acids, lye, ether & paint thinner at times, also chemical cooking fumes. On 2/1/12, the whole block reeked of heavy ammonia, the locus of the ammonia was from the smoking sewer in my building which lasted all afternoon well into early evening. I was at work for most of it). I called & wrote the 9th precinct several times, wrote Manhattan S. Narcotics unit several times, spoke to a detective there, wrote NYPD headquarters & the mayor's office.

8 letters & several phone calls later, an 9th precinct officer told me "there was no report of my complaint". After I told him this, about a week later, after nearly a year of phone calls & letters (2010 & 2011) the complaint finally was recognized. 2 weeks later I receive the report that "no evidence of meth lab was found." (Could not have been much of an "investigation" lasting less than 2 wks). Nothing has changed at NYPD & I don't suppose anything will until this mayor & his lackey Kelly are finally gone. NYPD needs another Knapp-type commission but since the corruption is from the top down, I doubt that will ever happen.

SuzannahBTroy
SuzannahBTroy

Yes crime stats are fixed.  The tapes and other NYPD that have contacted the Village Voice back it up -- it is like Las Vegas a number's game -- the fix is in.

Sickening. The Queens DA refused to put Adrian Schoolcraft's case in front of a Grand Jury because Richard Brown knew that Deputy Chief Marino on down would have been indicted and no one in the press has confronted Bloomberg, Kelly and all the mayoral candidates. Scott Stringer can't be comptroller -- he is the tax payer's black hole. Visit his office -- he has guys with machine guns guarding him that are not NYPD. This is like a horror movie and it is time for a new commission --- we had Knapp, Mollen and the time has come NYC and the NYPD out of controlhttp://suzannahbtroy.blogspot.com/2012/12/911-mega-scandals-nypd-mega-scandals.htmlI was violently assaulted in a medical office and corrupt Det John Vergona and pals from the First Precinct made that go away as well....so corrupt. Waiting to hear from IA and by the way CCRB won't get to Det. John Vergona and his boss St. Chen until next year.Delita Hooks Dr. Fagelman's receptionist office manager stalked me around the office and was by the door when I exited giving me the finger violently. When I though I was a safe distance away I asked her to please give me the finger again. Instead of closing the door she assaults me and when she takes off her shoes throws them and runs at me with a punch to the eye the video shut off.DI Ed Winski did not call me back when I reported to him as well as Lt. Angelo Burgo and Sgt Chen that Delita Hooks filed a false counter complaint also a crime.The NYPD are really corrupt and the time as come for an investigation and heads to role. The DA are clearly in bed with the NYPD except the Bronx DA now with 3 NYPD on trial starting with Ramos case today!

brttcm8
brttcm8

I am a victim of these type of crimes. My life has been ruined. Thank you Very much Wichita Falls PD and judges for ruining my life.

 

John
John

We need reform now, why are people so complacent about this issue; these people are destoying lives every day. There is no freedom when the people who enforce the law are allowed to play evil games, and destroy the lives of others, then walk away with impunity John Eterno is right in that this happening everywhere, and it has to change. The only answer is massive organized unity. This should be at the top of the occupy movement's aggenda. This is an absolute terminal epidemic; which is at the heart of our freedom. We cannot move forward unless we deal with this problem. Why worry about the economy or anything else when a public servant can destroy you in an instant.

John
John

This is about an epidemic of corruption throughout our judicial system; which has been corrupt from the begginning;watch the movie slavery by another name; there is a lot of anti white racism; but the facts are undeniable ; for 80 years; cops ; lawyers; and judges used the system too enslavepeople for industry, and destroy the lives of those they didn't care for or hated with impunity. and a lot of other people had too know what was going on also. The officers who blew the whistle are "true heros"; and should be police chiefs anywhere the people want good cops.

Ken Bright
Ken Bright

This is what its about, creating a climate to justify more federal funds for "CRIME Prevention."And industry of Organized crime.

Lisa
Lisa

watch out for the subliminal programming in the video games you are playing, wether by phone, video, arcade games, hand held computers, see if you can take a break from playing for one or two weeks, un or reprogram youself, get out side,

lisa
lisa

sounds to me like to many people are playing the game grand theft auto, similarities between the game, and physical life are and can run from the mental to express outwardly into the physical.

Ken
Ken

One of the reasons I stay out of NY.

Yeah there are corrupt cops everywhere, but NY has that extra special corruption that has the commissars in North Korea and Cuba taking lessons.

The whole police force needs to be fired, from the Commissioner on down, and a completely new police force trained and brought in from outside. It's the only way ever get a handle on this.

Absent that, you will never eliminate the NYPD corruption.

-Kenhttp://www.LaserGuidedLoogie.

Jerry Randaccio
Jerry Randaccio

The stop and frisk numbers are completely misleading and this fact is never reported. Stop and Frisk Reports are generally completed ONLY when an investigative stop does NOT result in an arrest. If an arrest takes place as the result of an investigative stop, the officer generally only completes an arrest report, which fully documents the incident, and does NOT complete a Stop and Frisk Report. Therefore, any statistic of how many arrests "result" from investigative stops (aka "stop and frisks") is completely inaccurate. The same can be said for how many guns are seized as a "result" of a stop and frisk, because when a gun is seized, the person is arrested and no Stop and Frisk Report is completed. The actual percentage of how many arrests result from stop and frisks is actually much much higher. I'm not sure why the NYPD doesn't attempt to correct this misconception more often... but its probably just because more accurate statistics would also show that the actual number of stop and frisks is much higher than reported as well.

blender
blender

This makes me so angry, and I hope it does others too. It's high time we take back our country back from the real threat to this country: police officers and politicians.

picaflor
picaflor

After reading this, I don't feel so bad about being a little paranoid and avoiding cops wherever I see them.

Kelly needs to go

Teacher NYC
Teacher NYC

Since the Civilian Complaint Review Board(Does it exist?) did not investigate my complaint about the precinct at 21st in Manhattan failure to log in or investigate assault on 7/30/07 at 12:30 pm at 28th and Broadway which 911 FDNY took my 43 yr old college grad businessman son in critical ,unconscious condition in a pool of his blood lying in the sidewalk with broken occipital bone,3 machete gashes in back of head and hemotoma on left side of neck., Bellevue saved his life and listed him as crime victim.No Police report and desk sargeant sent me with 2 officers to see victim. NO Report.,,Chelsea is so safe! Thank God Schoolcraft exposes the corruption.

Difdi
Difdi

Mauriello is a police officer, an individual trained in observation skills, which includes the ability to remember details. If Mauriello can't remember things that happened over 12 months ago, well, it's understandable, human memory is often faulty after all. If a suspect who lacks that observational training is asked to remember things that happened over 12 months ago, and makes even the tiniest error in their recitation of events, the police and courts consider it proof that the suspect is lying. Where's the justice?

MicheleMoore-Happy1
MicheleMoore-Happy1

Brilliant investigative reporting! Many thanks for your excellent efforts.

How did you obtain the report? Was it leaked or obtained through a FOIL action?

Here are excerpts from materials I hand delivered to Village Voice last week...

Does NYPD help big banks silence their whistle blowers? Does NYPD cooperate with them, look the other way and help them cover up their retaliatory crimes?

http://www.reportingwrongdoing...

I was hired by SunTrust Bank for their first McKinsey Client Team and my subsequent 20 years internal management and technology work with them provided a privileged perspective on their operations.

Three SunTrust Executive Vice Presidents were fired for accounting improprieties during a major Securities And Exchange Commission of SunTrust Bank. After talking with the SEC about other major accounting problems, a long running series of thefts, threats, vandalism, sabotage, a stalk and smear campaign and cellphone and email hacking intensified.

See http://ReportingWrongdoing.com

Is this standard for NYPD or does NYPD look the other way when there are criminal actions against whistleblowers the big banks want silenced?

Thanks for a superb investigation!

PjMacL
PjMacL

Commander Mauriello and his superiors must be brought to justice, sooner rather than later. The only way to fix the situation`, is to have a major overhaul of the police department from the top to the bottom. It`s time for the people of New York`to stand up and be counted. Don`t let this story go quite. Bombard all your Media outlets, Radio, News Papers, Tv, etc, every hour every day until these people are brought to justice. They must be made accountable, at all costs. Don`t let this slip away into obscurity. If this is not done `, now. It could be you who are falsely arrested for nothing. Justice Must Prevail. But only you can make it happen.. Do the right thing and bring these Criminals down NOW!

harry
harry

On March 17, 2012 A NY Daily News editorial entitled "Kelly's Truth" lauded the NYPD's stop and frisk program. I didn't know its editorial staff had mathematical, moral and cognizant malfunction. It stated the cops in 2011 made 684,330 stops, confiscated 800 guns and 7,000 additional illegal weapons. Let's do the math: 800 divided by 684,330 equals .0011, meaning less than 1% resulted in guns being found, meaning, 99.89 percent of the time some poor unfortunate individual was humiliated and taught to fear walking the streets of America lest they be the target of law enforcement. Even the ambiguous illegal weapons charge yields a 99% failure rate. Yet the News has the audacity to call this a success. They should be ashamed and cannot be considered a worthy source of information. Our freedoms have been abrogated. Remember, the police are out in full force. Their numbers are fiscally unsustainable which means you support their numbers. And how does the NYPD get paid for their massive overexpense? In a word, TICKETS. So while you sit in your comfy chair watching the 6:00 news thinking these people deserve what they get be assured you'll be targeted by the same police force. Don't do anything wrong becuse you're on watch! Have you noticed how people slow down to below speed limits on highways when they see a patrol car? THIS IS NOT AMERICA. They are NOT OUR FELLOW AMERICANS. You are the enemy thanks to Lord Bloomberg and Kommandant Kelly. Anyone in their scopes is a valid target. God help anyone in their way. We must ALL combat this massive infraction of our civil liberties. Do not allow terrorist activity to be a cause for their constitutional transgressions. These same sorry excuse for humans believe they are above the law. This is tyranny. Please wake up.

Ellen1910
Ellen1910

" . . . Mayor Bloomberg and Kelly . . . have insisted that any "underreporting" is a tiny anomaly."

The obvious questions which any responsible journalist should ask are -- What, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly, is your basis for that factual statement? What investigations into the accuracy of reporting have you done? What facts are you privy to which justify your stated conclusions?

Facts are news -- not self-serving statements. When will reporters and their editors stop acting as stenographers and start asking questions of the officials they so blithely quote?

mizzy57
mizzy57

You know what's so funny i live in Washington Heights in the 33rd pct there was a rapist being sought in the area all i can really actually remember were like 3 or 4 wanted posters yet my son has a simple fight with his girlfriend and they posted over 100 wanted posters as if he had killed over 10 people only for the girlfriend to dismiss the charges and here we have a rapist in the area who attacked a woman on 177th st one block away from me and all can remember were 3 or 4 posters! YOU BELIEVE THIS?

Lindenchariot
Lindenchariot

If anyone cares to pay attention, this is a strong indictment of CompStat, the much-lauded centerpiece of modern NYC policing. Other agencies in NYC and around the country have copied the methods of CompStat. These spin-offs include ChildStat, one of the accountability mechanisms of the NYC Administration for Children's Services. Wonder what you'd find if you started poking around there...

Cork7
Cork7

Nothing changes. Years ago in Brooklyn I witnessed a horrible auto accident with a number of serious injuries with a number of people ejected from their autos. I had my 5 yo son with me and drove past. It was not safe to stop. At the next intersection I spotted a patrol car parked at the curb . I stopped my car and crossed the street and spoke to the officers in the car. The officers were speaking to a young attractive woman. I told them about the accident and the fact that drivers had to go around the injured people who were laying tn the path of moving traffic.The response was : "it' s ...being handled. it's under control" I was dismissed. The attitude was callous. When I insisted I was in effect told to go away.

Because of the attitude I filed a complaint at the local precient. Subsequently, I received phone calls at home attempting to get me to drop the complaint. The calls got progressively worse andculminated in a threat of rape against my wife.

Soon after I was lucky to obtain a job out of town and dropped the complaint.

Karen Husted
Karen Husted

The NYPD's agenda is protecting their butt, Mr. La Pietra, and you are experienced in that, aren't you? Isn't that your job?Service takes on a whole new meaning here.

John
John

The phenomenon of armed so called "peace officers" actively encouraging or coercing citizens not to file charges or refusing to file them has more to do with arrogance,laziness, and contempt for those who they consider sufficiently powerless or unworthy of accessing the system than with fear of a data reporting system.The data collection and analysis is merely further incentive to carry on as usual.

Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts

No imagination, but you get that all the time.

Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts

You brought up rape because you were raped, it's your name Oragami and prancing around with feathers on.

Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts

Oragami (pussy name) you would be turning tricks in the flight deck. Lose on worthless nobody.

Chris Roberts
Chris Roberts

That's your one-eyed, drunken father you're talking about. On my ship Oragami (pussy name) you would be washing our drawers and inhaling nut sacs. Nobody on and on nobody.

Paulson Paalsen
Paulson Paalsen

The Wire may be a fictional account of another city's police operations, but I feel like the season they spend on internal politics of the Baltimore police is a helpful, realistic look at what CompStat does to a police organization. These are real people and real crimes, and the reporting is being skewed to make numbers look good. Numbers and quotas have no place in policing.

Clark Baker
Clark Baker

Before I retired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2000, I'd heard about the inherent problems of ComStat. Although I was fortunate to retire before former NYPD Chief Bratton brought his scheme to LA, it has become clear why his political device is so attractive to corrupt city politicians who rely on "good" crime stats to get re-elected.

I still live in LA and, despite the low statistics, anecdotal evidence suggests otherwise. By identifying ten car burglaries as one incident, ComStat agencies inaccuately claim that one - not ten - burglaries actually occured. How many homicides go unreported by medical examiners is also hard to say.

Don't blame the NYPD or any other mayor-controlled ComStat police agency - the NYPD's behavior could not occur without the enthusiastic complicity of your liberal mayors and city councilmembers. They control crime the same way the Catholic Church controlled child abuse - and just as effectively.

This report is long overdue - and one that we could have never expected from mainstream papers like the NY- and LA-Times. Real cops know this is why "professionals" like Bratton are popular with their mayors and the media - now readers of this report will also know.

aaronbbrown
aaronbbrown

The reality here is that the NYPD has been corrupted by corporate culture mindset that places absolute priority on perception, all other competing priorities (truth, morality, ethics even reality) rescinded, rescinded in the name of creating perceptions in the mind of the public. No longer is it important to decrease crime, no longer is it important to uphold the law, no longer is it important to protect the citizenry, all those priorities have been superseded, even suspended in the name of perception.

And who is responsible for this, the same politicians who are virtually owned by corporate interests, and the corporate money they pump into the system to make sure that the right people (in their view) make it into office and are in control of the government, the police department being the enforcement arm of the government, and the boys at corporate know how important it is to control the guys with guns and badges. Once you have them in your pocket and under your control, it's easy the put pressure on everyone else.

A Corporation's priority is to get results, and when those results can be measured by numbers on the page, you really have no need to create them in reality, when by subtle manipulations, pressure in the right area, putting the right people *wink wink* in the right jobs, the truth can be subtly rescinded. No one need worry about what's really happening, unless of course someone comes up with competing numbers, or as in this case physical evidence of video and audio tapes that can demonstrate they are falsifying the numbers.

And what is the response from the corporate culture, go after the people who are producing the evidence, hunt down the whistleblowers and destroy them, take their homes, property jobs even their children and throw them out in the street, or better yet locked them up in a mental institution. That particular tactic is becoming the preferred recourse the corporate tyrant, since once people think you're crazy, no one will listen to you. And once they cast enough aspersions on their credibility and veracity, it's back to the business manufacturing perception. And if another honest person comes along, well we'll just destroy them the same way. Much easier and far cheaper then addressing or correcting the real problems, and it allows them to go on feeding the public numbers and carrying on the charade, backed up with a tangle of hyper convoluted bureaucracy designed specifically to perpetuate this dysfunction and corruption indefinitely. This is the deepest form of corruption and it is rampant throughout our societies.

People wonder why America is in trouble, you hardly need to look further than the the mendacity of a bankrupt corporate mindset which has infiltrated and polluted every bureaucracy in this country, particularly our government. The corruption has always been in government of course but the corporate swine have turned it into a fine art of manipulation and obfuscation. You can flush them down the crapper for a time, but they always come back like some chronic condition, and they almost always prevail in the end, because the money is on their side, and ultimately that's what this is all about, who has the money and what they do with it. One thing is certain, in America Money flows out of the hands of anyone who has anything resembling ethics, and into the hands of those devoid of them.

The only real solution is to go after their money, their assets, that is the only thing they truly fear, for without its influence their power evaporates overnight, no easy task, but if this Democratic Republic of ours is to survive, it must be done.

viva_yo
viva_yo

@SuzannahBTroy I understand.  I live over a meth lab which NYPD refuses to do anything about.  I can get no help from any city agencies nor NYPD & I cannot afford to move.  My lungs are raw tonight from breathing in the foul fumes which come up daily for many hours from the drug addicts below making meth.  We have NO police protection in this city; Bloomberg reserves that for the wealthy only.  We are at the mercy of criminals. This Bloomberg administration & his lackey Kelly have caused so much pain to so many people.

THE GOD'S TRUTH !
THE GOD'S TRUTH !

John, this a national problem! In 2008, on the Saturday before Thanks-giving I was in a real bad state of mind. A good friend of mind told me on November 1, that he had Agent Orange in the muscles of his back. He was in Special Forces in Vietnam and Lebanon. Well he is a real American hero. Te best. Truely courage, and nobility at it's best, for God and country. Wll on that Saturday I hit my bottom. I call e very friend I knew, so I could get out of the house and just occupy my mind. Well a friend said he would meet me in a club across from a police station in West Virginia. I got there at 11;00 PM. I had 1 beer and Ileft the beer and 3 ones on the bar to keep my set. I went to the restroom. When Icame back Idowned the last 2 swigs.DUM! With in a half hour I was screwed real good. I don't know what was in that beer but I could not get up of the set. Itried to wave the bartender but he was really busy.I wanted a cab. So I wouldn't, couldn't drive. Well I got sick, and some who got up and made it to the door. I knew when I got to the sidewalk that the door did not slam behind me. Well I got to the corner some how and bent over and a young man gave me his elbow in the back of my neck and I went down. He took my walet and $590.00.Then he turnd me over for my father's watch and I said that it was not worth $25.00. He gave me 9 punchs to the nose. I do not remember getting to the car . Ibleed ll over the back set. I woke up in front of my housein a cab at 6:00AM I asked the driver what happenned he said that the hospital put me in the cab and paid to take me home. I had a broken nose, a concussion, black eyes. A friend got me in the house.A couple days later I called the magistrate. He said that I had hit a building and had a DUI. Ido not remember getting off the ground let alone the reck, police, test, ambulance, hospital, or the cab ride. The magistrate was a friend and told me to make a report. My fiend toke me to the police station. And the cops told me to get out or I'de find myself in the county jail for 90 days. I left. My friend said that I was as white as a sheet. To this day they claim nothing happened! Ipaid the DUI and have the hospital records. So New York is not the only place that this is going on. I'm still not well from it all.

FOR REAL!
FOR REAL!

This is more than the NYCPD. It's like the Florida Tourist Industry. When some thing bad goes down the local Florida news gets it. But! It's like the line,"What happens in Vegas, stays in Vages! It's a nation wide circumstance!

mizzy57
mizzy57

That's not the solution! Trust me they all not alike it's just that for most part there are good cops out there they're just afraid to speak up we just need to find ways to remove the most crooked ones and try to get rid of them and those are the High Ranking officers and their puppets!

mizzy57
mizzy57

Trying to eliminate Police Corruption is like trying to eliminate DRUGS!!!!!! NEVER GONNA HAPPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jerry Randaccio
Jerry Randaccio

The CCRB does not investigate those types of complaints. They are outside of its jurisdiction. Those types of complaints, if filed with CCRB, are referred to the Chief of department's office for investigation. If it was not investigated, it just shows more corruption by the NYPD.

MicheleMoore-Happy1
MicheleMoore-Happy1

Conveniently, the Civilian Complain Review Board does NOT investigate cases where NYPD fails to follow through and investigate - they refer these complaints back to NYPD - the very people who failed to investigate in the first place. Have you tried to attend CCRB board meeting at 40 Rector on the 2nd Wednesday of the month? They say their jurisdiction is limited, I wonder by what. I'm very sorry to hear about your son. My story is posted on http://ReportingWrongdoing.com NYPD is not a big fan of whistle blowers, what are the chances they will follow up?

Ellen1910
Ellen1910

Reporters and editors might respond by saying that Bloomberg and Kelly's statement is newsworthy because it implies a fact -- namely, that no additional investigations into the accuracy of the published crime statistics will be undertaken.

But that would be a weaselly justification. It would leave open the question of whether Bloomberg and Kelly's decision was justified by facts known to them which support the decision not to investigate further. But in the absence of reporters asking what those facts are, we, the readers, will never know why the additional investigation is not being carried out.

azlefty
azlefty

Compstat if used Properly can be a very useful tool. the problem is that when instead of results command wants stats thta is when it becomes a real issue

Clark Baker
Clark Baker

If you read my post, you'll see that it's not just the cops - it's the police chiefs and MAYORS who need low stats and the perception of safe streets to get re-elected. Cops must choose to acquiesce, or retire early - like I did.

This is not just a "police problem" - skewed stats and reports are continuously typically generated by corrupt government agencies like the NIH, CDC, EPA and academic institutions the same way. If a cop or scientist wants to be honest, he must ensure that his honesty does not conflict with his agency's "official policies." When they do, he's forced to decide whether to go modify his report to comply with the official policy or seek other employment.

If you want a credible police agency, don't let your major appoint commissions to reform the police department - REPLACE YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS and don't re-elect them to other government positions. Former LAPD Chief William Parker proved that when elected officials control the politics of a police department, that police department cannot be honest with its community. Unless an uncorruptable police chief is appointed with full civil service protections AND the chief controls the hiring of applicants, you can only expect more of the same.

ISAAC EIN
ISAAC EIN

OUR FOUNDING FATHER, MORE SO BENJAMIN FRANKLIN SAID THAT THE REAL ENEMY WAS WITHIN, IT THE POLITICAL PARTIES. NO DIFFERENCE! ADD A GOOD DOSE OF LOBBYIST AND YOU GOT WHAT YOU HAVE. THE CORROSION OF WE THE AMERICAN PEOPLES COUNTRY! WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THEY KEEP GOOD OLD BENJAMIN FRANKLIN IN EUROPE SO MUCH? READ HIS BOOK "fart proudly' YOU MIGHT JUST LEARN SOMETHING.

John
John

Compstat has by far outlived its usefulness in its original form. The street activities to which it was suited have by and large been corrected.

 
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