NYPD Quote of the Day: “The Media Doesn’t Tell the Truth”


The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy’s 81st Precinct,” chronicles hundreds of recorded hours of cops talking about their jobs between June 1, 2008, and October 31, 2009. Part 2 appears in this week’s issue of the Voice.

Here’s today’s outtake:

On June 2, 2009, the officers were prepped for the funeral of a police officer accidentally shot by other officers as he chased someone who had tried to break into his car. One issue that came up was about the media. First, the officers were told not to let the television trucks double-park.

Later, a lieutenant and a sergeant held forth on the media:

“The media doesn’t tell the truth,” the lieutenant said. “In case you watch TV and you believe what the media says, let me tell you: it doesn’t.”

The sergeant added, “I tell [DCPI] the color blue. By the time it gets down there, it’s green for some reason. They interpret things how they want to interpret.”

“When we do something good, it’s a little article on page 17, when we do something bad, it’s page 1, page 2, page 3.”

Check back for more NYPD Tapes outtakes and follow-ups, like our reaction to yesterday’s New York Times piece on the explosion in the number of stop-and-frisks.