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An internal NYPD investigation found evidence that a Brooklyn precinct repeatedly padded its arrest stats to make them appear stronger than they were, the Village Voice’s Graham Rayman reports. Rayman obtained a copy of the 95-page report ordered by Commissioner Ray Kelly to investigate claims made by a former NYPD officer — and subsequently documented by the Village Voice and This American Life, among others — that officers were arresting people for simply standing on the street, while ignoring victims of serious crimes who wanted to file reports.
For more than two years, former officer Adrian Schoolcraft recorded every roll call at the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant and captured his superiors’ efforts to manipulate the precinct’s arrest statistics.
“When viewed in their totality, a disturbing pattern is prevalent and gives credence to the allegation that crimes are being improperly reported in order to avoid index-crime classifications,” investigators concluded. “This trend is indicative of a concerted effort to deliberately underreport crime in the 81st Precinct.”
The NYPD has not yet responded for comment, Rayman reports.
“The pressures on commanders are enormous, to make sure the crime numbers look good,” says John Eterno, a criminologist at Molloy College and a former NYPD captain. “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.”
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