by Graham Rayman

“For more than two years, Adrian Schoolcraft secretly recorded every roll call at the 81st Precinct in Brooklyn and captured his superiors urging police officers to do two things in order to manipulate the ‘stats’ that the department is under pressure to produce:  Officers were told to arrest people who were doing little more than standing on the street, but they were also encouraged to disregard actual victims of serious crimes who wanted to file reports.

Arresting bystanders made it look like the department was efficient, while artificially reducing the amount of serious crime made the commander look good.

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The Voice has obtained that 95-page report, and it shows that the NYPD confirmed Schoolcraft’s allegations.  In other words, at the same time that police officials were attacking Schoolcraft’s credibility, refusing to pay him, and serving him with administrative charges, the NYPD was sitting on a document that thoroughly vindicated his claims.

Investigators went beyond Schoolcraft’s specific claims and found many other instances in the 81st Precinct where crime reports were missing, had been misclassified, altered, rejected, or not even entered into the computer system that tracks crime reports.

These weren’t minor incidents.  The victims included a Chinese-food delivery man robbed and beaten bloody, a man robbed at gunpoint, a cab driver robbed at gunpoint, a woman assaulted and beaten black and blue, a woman beaten by her spouse, and a woman burgled by men who forced their way into her apartment.

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John Eterno, a criminologist at Molloy College and a former NYPD captain, says that what was happening in the 81st Precinct is no isolated case.  ‘The pressures on commanders are enormous, to make sure the crime numbers look good,’ Eterno says.  ‘This is a culture.  This is happening in every precinct, every transit district, and every police housing service area.  This culture has got to change.'”

Also, how great is this quotation from Roy Richter, the President of the Captain’s Endowment Association, regarding the ability of police officers to recall past events:

“He was directed to recall incidents that happened a year or more before. It’s difficult for any person or police officer or reporter to describe a timeline of events that happened 12 months previous.’

Funny, I’ve never seen a police officer with a faulty memory when they’re testifying against a defendant they arrested two or three years ago.