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The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct
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The NYPD Tapes: Inside Bed-Stuy's 81st Precinct - May 5, 2010, 05:22 PM

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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.

At 1.7 square miles, the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant is one of the smallest in the city, but the densely populated neighborhood is also a rough place to work. One cop there recently told us, “It keeps you from getting bored is about all you can say.”

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.

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In this roll call, a supervisor tells officers to stop drawing penises in each other's memo books and drawing graffiti on the walls. There's also an extended speech on the virtues of personal hygiene.






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oh yeah, let me get to reading, cuz this oughta be good!!!!!!!!!
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May 5, 2010, 07:35 PM

That's a pretty good read. Probably lots of lawsuits. I bet the book and movie rights will pay for it all and then some.

That sounds like an awful working situation.


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With recording equipment so widespread, and everything that someone says can and will be used against them (never for them) in court, it should be mandatory for all police officers to wear microphones and portable hard drives to record everything they say during thier entire shift. That way the prosecution and defense has a digital record of everything the defendant/victim/officer says so there isn't any question of he said/she said. You can edit out the conversations that are legally protected of course.
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I didn't read the article or the plethora of other articles bashing law enforcement.Who cares what they say.It's what they do.In the end,the white collar 9-to-5 douchebags express a lot more offensive crap than LEOs do and they have never encountered it.

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With recording equipment so widespread, and everything that someone says can and will be used against them (never for them) in court, it should be mandatory for all police officers to wear microphones and portable hard drives to record everything they say during thier entire shift. That way the prosecution and defense has a digital record of everything the defendant/victim/officer says so there isn't any question of he said/she said. You can edit out the conversations that are legally protected of course.
I think they tried that in Judge Dredd. Didn't work out so well. Rico went all baserk and shit. Started setting people up.



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