NYPD Quote of the Day: “If They Don’t Belong … You Lock Them Up”


Graham Rayman’s “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.

Here’s today’s outtake:

From a sergeant, December 13, 2008:

“If you know if they don’t belong in Stuyvesant Gardens or any housing buildings, you lock them up for criminal trespass. If they give you the story, hey, my aunt lives on the third floor, well, you’re not with your aunt. You’re not here legitimately.”

Read Part 2 of the series here, and check back for follow-ups. Two City Council members told the Voice this week that orders given by precinct supervisors in the 81st Precinct appeared to encourage officers to violate the civil rights of local residents. Read more here.