Bed-Stuy Community Forum Tonight on the NYPD Tapes


In the wake of the Voice’ s “NYPD Tapes” series, and the reassignment of a precinct commander in Bedford-Stuyvesant, a community forum will be held this evening at a neighborhood church, City Councilman Al Vann’s office tells us.

Local elected officials, clergy, and residents are expected at the meeting, which will take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight at Nazarene Congregational United Church of Christ at 506 MacDonough Street at Patchen Avenue.

The aim of the forum is to allow the community to air their concerns over practices in the 81st Precinct station house that were exposed in the four-part Voice series, including downgrading of crime complaints, possible civil rights violations, and the extent to which monthly quotas drive the issuing of tickets and the performance of stop-and-frisks. The 81st Precinct commander was quietly transferred 10 days ago following the publication of the series.