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NYPD Quote of the Day: “You Gotta Cover Your Ass”


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:

On July 2, 2008, from the precinct commander:

“Believe it or not, I had guys on patrol for six months with no 250s and six collars. I don’t know how that is, but you gotta cover your ass. You stop somebody out there, and you haven’t stopped someone in six months, you put handcuffs on somebody, you stop somebody, you gotta document that.”

Read Part 2 of the series here, and check back for follow-ups on Runnin’ Scared.


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