What’s in a number? NYPD officers admit fudging crime stats

Two criminologists conducted a survey of some 1,962 retired NYPD police officers. What they found was that many, nearly half of recent retirees admitted to having “personal knowledge” of crime-report manipulation. According to the New York Times, this manipulation could include downgrading offenses or encouraging witnesses to not report crimes—all in an effort to make the crime statistics of the city seem lower than they actually are. Continue reading “What’s in a number? NYPD officers admit fudging crime stats”

Judge Scolds NYPD on Public Drinking Citations

Brooklyn Judge Noach Dear is tired of seeing defendants brought before him on charges of drinking in public. So tired that he said he will no longer allow officers to identify alcohol by mere sight or “sniff test.” In what the NY Times calls a “highly impractical standard,” Judge Dear wants cops to prove the beverage they are citing someone for was alcohol. Continue reading “Judge Scolds NYPD on Public Drinking Citations”

NYPD Developing Radiation Technology to Scan People for Guns

Radiation scanners mounted on squad cars seems like a scene out of a futuristic science fiction movie. But, if the NYPD and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly have their way, it will be a reality sooner than you might think. The agency is working to develop a system of scanners that will identify people on the street who might be strapped with a firearm. While it’s all done in the name of public safety, one has to wonder if the end justifies the means. Continue reading “NYPD Developing Radiation Technology to Scan People for Guns”

NYC Reporters Subject to Mistreatment from Police

Within the last two months of the Occupy Wall Street movement, we’ve seen people getting shoved around and pepper-sprayed by the police. But those being subjected to force aren’t just the protestors of the 99%, they are the reporters covering the movement. This week in a New York Times editorial, we hear from one such journalist who brings up some interesting points about the occurences and the handling of the “allegations” by the police. Continue reading “NYC Reporters Subject to Mistreatment from Police”