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    uh oh ...

    The NYPD Tapes Confirmed

    The report police hid for nearly two years that corroborates
    a Voice investigation — and vindicates a whistle-blower the NYPD tried to destroy


    VILLAGE VOICE
    March 7, 2012

    In 2010, The Village Voice produced a five-part series, the "NYPD Tapes," about a cop who secretly taped his fellow New York Police Department officers.

    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.

    In October 2009, Schoolcraft met with NYPD investigators for three hours and detailed more than a dozen cases of crime reports being manipulated in the district. Three weeks after that meeting—which was supposed to have been kept secret from Schoolcraft's superiors—his precinct commander and a deputy chief ordered Schoolcraft to be dragged from his apartment and forced into the Jamaica Hospital psychiatric ward for six days.

    In the wake of our series, NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly ordered an investigation into Schoolcraft's claims. By June 2010, that investigation produced a report that the department has tried to keep secret for nearly two years.

    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 ...

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    Nice.

    Great the way a few (really) bad apples can make life hell for those that really want to do their job.

    This should make ALL NYC cops' jobs MUCH easier now with all the respect that this professional behavior will earn them.

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    I remember when the original Voice article came out. No one cared. Is this report going to change anything? Not bloody likely. The NYPD will just keep doing what it's been doing.

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    An article in a newspaper isn't at the same level as the actual internal NYPD report, which was suppressed.

    This comes out at a bad time for the NYPD and its commissioner. It reinforces other allegations of police misconduct. Crime statistics are a big political issue, something Bloomberg has made a centerpiece of his administration. Not a coincidence that he's had nothing to say on the matter so far.

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    IOW, few listen to a single Voice, but when things have a bit more meat to them, you are more likely to hear a few more in the chorus.

    This is now a story that OTHER news agencies may pick up due to its possible connections and DEFINITE interest from the public...

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    This should be a front page story on the Times, and yet it is not....

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    Exactly.

    If someone was going to do a civil rights suit (and maybe something is percolating,) the Voice tapes would have been good evidence. They didn't need to wait for the internal report to confirm them.

    Bloomberg, being a lame duck, doesn't need to change anything. The city council doesn't seem to be inclined to challenge him on this. Bloomberg will be out the end of next year, it will become the next mayor's problem. Unless some new Republican celebrity comes out of the woodwork (as has happened the two previous times the mayor's office did not have an incumbent running), the next mayor will likely be a democrat. This person will likely have different agenda, commitments, and loyalites than the last two. They may decide to pull on the reigns of the NYPD. Then again, if they pull too hard, and we get back to 2000+ murders a year, they're going to destroy their career.

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    I know you were only using it as an example, but I doubt they were fudging the Murder tally.

    Muggings and break ins probably, but a dead body is harder to hide than a broken window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBMW View Post

    ... Unless some new Republican celebrity comes out of the woodwork (as has happened the two previous times the mayor's office did not have an incumbent running), the next mayor will likely be a democrat.
    The republican mayoral candidate of choice is Ray Kelly, head of NYPD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBMW View Post
    Bloomberg, being a lame duck, doesn't need to change anything.
    Is Bloomberg lame-duck as a politician?

    They may decide to pull on the reigns of the NYPD. Then again, if they pull too hard, and we get back to 2000+ murders a year, they're going to destroy their career.
    As police commissioner, Bratton helped lower crime rates while at the time improving police relations with the public, which were abysmal in the early 90s.

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    Bloomberg prides himself as a master who can keep information under control.

    A big question as NYC moves forward is how much he'll continue his influence over political candidates & politicians as he moves toward the end of his reign as mayor. Will fear of Bloomberg keep them in line with his design? And will his influence continue to make others in charge cower and bow down after he's out of office?

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    Has Bloomie turned to the Dark Side yet?

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    Some would say he's resided there for quite some time.

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    Does he constitute a "Republican Celebrity"? I'm not so sure. He would just be considered a regular politician. I haven't even heard anything about him actually wanting to run.

    With Weiners flame out, isn't the presumptive next mayor Quinn?

    Quote Originally Posted by lofter1 View Post
    The republican mayoral candidate of choice is Ray Kelly, head of NYPD.

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    Given the fact that he didn't take a couple of chances to run for higher office, I'd say yes. He could have easily run for Governor or Senator, been able to waltz into the Republican nomination, and contended for either spot (especially the senate seat.)

    He just turned 70. I don't think he stays (at least directly) in the game after he leaves.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    Is Bloomberg lame-duck as a politician?
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