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Cop records a year of NYPD corruption. He is arrested and put in psych ward.

1:28 pm - 05/06/2010
The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct

Two years ago, a police officer in a Brooklyn precinct became gravely concerned about how the public was being served. To document his concerns, he began carrying around a digital sound recorder, secretly recording his colleagues and superiors.

He recorded precinct roll calls. He recorded his precinct commander and other supervisors. He recorded street encounters. He recorded small talk and stationhouse banter. In all, he surreptitiously collected hundreds of hours of cops talking about their jobs.

Made without the knowledge or approval of the NYPD, the tapes—made between June 1, 2008, and October 31, 2009, in the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant and obtained exclusively by the Voice—provide an unprecedented portrait of what it's like to work as a cop in this city.

They reveal that precinct bosses threaten street cops if they don't make their quotas of arrests and stop-and-frisks, but also tell them not to take certain robbery reports in order to manipulate crime statistics. The tapes also refer to command officers calling crime victims directly to intimidate them about their complaints.

As a result, the tapes show, the rank-and-file NYPD street cop experiences enormous pressure in a strange catch-22: He or she is expected to maintain high "activity"—including stop-and-frisks—but, paradoxically, to record fewer actual crimes.

8-page article at village voice starts here

brewsternorth 6th-May-2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I got the dead-tree version of that article from one of the sidewalk boxes. Thanks for the link!
mylaptopisevil 6th-May-2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
1) I've been following this for awhile and it's insanely fucked up. But, at the same time, not shocking that King B wants to fudge the numbers to show that his NYPD/DOE/etc are doing awesome when everything is really a mess.

2) I don't see the article saying anything about a psych ward. I never heard that in any articles at all. The article, in the post script, mentions a possible psych evaluation. I think that's notably different, but even then I find it odd that the article doesn't actually cover anything about the who/what/why of that. I guess it bugs me because the entire thing is fucked up, and I don't want to see false stuff being leaked into it in order to discredit what is really going on in a really bad way.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 07:01 pm (UTC)
I took the headline from another blog :)
jesidres 6th-May-2010 07:10 pm (UTC)
Could you at least link to said blog as proof?
bluetooth16 6th-May-2010 07:14 pm (UTC)
The misleading headline should be edited. The Village Voice article never mentions a psych ward.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 07:15 pm (UTC)
fixed before it gets derailed more.
brewsternorth 6th-May-2010 07:28 pm (UTC)
1) I've been following this for awhile and it's insanely fucked up. But, at the same time, not shocking that King B wants to fudge the numbers to show that his NYPD/DOE/etc are doing awesome when everything is really a mess.

Yeah, not surprising that, even if there's no *stated* policy about the numbers at HQ, the higher-ups are obsessed with getting them "right" even if it comes at a cost of proper public service and trust.

Regarding your #2, there's this on page 7 of 8: Eventually, Deputy Chief Michael Marino, the commander of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North, which covers 10 precincts, ordered that Schoolcraft be dragged from his apartment in handcuffs and forcibly placed in a Queens mental ward for six days. Since this is the first part of a three-part story, and there's definitely an angle on it, I suspect we're not seeing the full facts at this point.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
mylaptopisevil 6th-May-2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. I missed that line, and when trying to find if I missed something I was trying to search for stuff like psych, not mental, and hospital, not ward. Bah!
bluetooth16 6th-May-2010 07:13 pm (UTC)

I keep forgetting to put this into every post you have.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 07:16 pm (UTC)
Uh, seriously? On this post? ...this is clear evidence of an actual conspiracy. The recordings are -on the site- Yet you still sink this low?

I am not surprised.
lone_concertina 6th-May-2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
bluetooth16 6th-May-2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I have a low tolerance for cop hatred.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
why should i care? There is clear evidence of conspiracy and corruption here. Thats not cop hate.

Although, I do hate cops. They are authoritarian pigs and just a big government-paid gang.
bludstone 6th-May-2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
And what do you do when the mods are trolling and not following their own rules? I mean, I dont mind getting dinged around a bit, but at least make a point with the insult.
bluetooth16 6th-May-2010 07:19 pm (UTC)
Trolling mods?

crossfire 6th-May-2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
It's not really conspiracy wank, it's more cop hate wank. Though I'll admit this is a cut above bludstone's usual level of cop hate wank, because this situation sounds like it's really fucked up.
yunghustlaz 6th-May-2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
By the way, I find this kinda funny because bludstone manages to have some cohesion and reasoning in his views (even though I disagree with many of them on some pivotal points), and could easily back them up.

Meanwhile, lemme ask you about the justification for the Iraq War, again? Or, I'm sorry, what was it that you said about it before, you didn't want to talk about it because you'd be wrong. It's a little strange to imply somebody who can actually apply logic to their thoughts is a 'crackpot' when you can't elucidate yours beyond "Just 'cause".
bluetooth16 6th-May-2010 08:13 pm (UTC)
I could never understand his logic. It looks like several conspiracy theories tied together.
mzflux 6th-May-2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
bludstone manages to have some cohesion and reasoning in his views . . . and could easily back them up

I disagree with this reasoning.
mzflux 6th-May-2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
Reminds me of The Wire.

Thank you for posting this.
thebigbadbutch 6th-May-2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
That's what I thought too. Especially when they got to the "Do more with less part". It kinda made me want to become a cop so I could be like a real life Kima Greggs going around beating suspects and solving crimes and boning hot chicks.

P.S. Omar Love ♥♥♥

Edited at 2010-05-06 08:48 pm (UTC)
teacup_werewolf 6th-May-2010 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'll get around reading the full article tonight.
parhelion_spark 6th-May-2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Ugh, not at all surprising, aside from how well organized it seems to be. I love that it's even worse than my ultra-cynical ass thought.
Thank you for posting this.
afa_mom 7th-May-2010 02:16 am (UTC)
we get it, you hate cops
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