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by Peter Moskos

July 18, 2015

Cops rat out cops. Cops get punished.

Al Baker in the Times:
Nineteen New York City police officers assigned to a station house in the Bronx face disciplinary action after being charged on Friday by department lawyers with wrongdoing, including incorrectly classifying crimes and downgrading criminal complaints, the police said.

The administrative charges against the officers, from the 40th Precinct, follow an internal audit that uncovered 55 crime reports that were improperly processed during a four-month period last year, the police said.
It's worth observing that a cop called Internal Affairs to rat out other cops for their misdeeds. The cops investigated and did an internal audit. The investigation concludes there is a problem, and some action is taken.

The system may not be perfect (it isn't). And lives were not at stake. But in the end, this is one way the system is supposed to work. Sometimes it sort of does.


David Woycechowsky said...

"All Defendants save the City also admit that Deputy Chief Marino put his boot on Schoolcraft's face as he tried to turn his neck around to see what was being done to his body."

and sometimes it don't work too good.

Peter Moskos said...

I don't want to get into Schoolcraft again. He is not a man of good character. He wants money. I do not believe him or his father.

Mike Maltz said...

In some cities CompStat meetings are used as a bludgeon to make sure that crime goes down, by hook or (too often) by crook -- rather than as a problem-solving effort to air problems and get advice on how they might be addressed. From what I've seen and heard so far, it doesn't seem to be true in Chicago (Garry McCarthy) or Philadelphia (Chuck Ramsey), but my information may be incomplete.

David Woycechowsky said...

I don't necessarily believe Schoolcraft, and I am open to the idea that he is a greedy man of bad character. That is completely irrelevant to my belief that some serious crimes (including kidnapping) were committed against him by some high ranking NYPD. I am looking forward to the civil trial, especially the expert testimony.

Peter Moskos said...

Yeah, I hope the get that evil doctor who kept him in Bellevue for a week. He's getting sued, too.

Anonymous said...

What about the "rat cop" in Baltimore. One of the men he accused got convicted AND retired with full pension. He got turfed out, threatened, and eventually had to leave the force.

Peter Moskos said...

Who are you talking about? Joe Crystal?

I think he was telling the truth about what happened. But I wasn't there. And he was willing to testify. Good on 'em. But I'm not certain he was forced out. He may have had his own good reasons to leave.