NYPD Fakes Statistics, Downgrades Rape Charges — Feministe

Posted: December 17, 2010 by scaryhouse in IDOC, Local Issues, Police Misconduct, Terrible Wrongs - Other Cases, Uncategorized

by JILL on 12.16.2010 · 4 COMMENTS


Anyone who’s seen The Wire knows the drill here: There’s political pressure to have lower crime rates, and so crimes are downgraded and not fully pursued. Which, in New York, has let serial rapists go free.

An investigative report by the Village Voice uncovered nothing short of a scandal. A series of articles exposed the New York Police Department’s practice of consistently “undercharging” crimes in an effort to meet “performance measurements” (quotas are illegal) and make crime statistics appear more palatable. The manipulation of statistics was caught on tapes in which NYPD higher-ups can be heard telling street cops to downgrade crimes or simply not to report particular crimes at all.

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