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New York, NY - NYPD Captain Shaming Convicts On Twitter Despite Their Release From Prison

Published on: December 20, 2012 08:42 PM
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New York, NY - An  NYPD commander is using Twitter to distribute the names and mugshots of convicts recently returned to his neighborhood after serving prison sentences — and his actions could result in a lawsuit.

Capt. Jeffrey Schiff, commanding officer of the 76th Precinct, which covers Red Hook, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill and part of Gowanus, said his goal is to protect his community and keep residents safe.

But his actions, though praised by some local residents, have caused privacy concerns among others and provoked the threat of a lawsuit from Legal Aid.

“Everyone can absorb this information and intelligently assimilate it and look out for their neighbors and look out for their community,” Schiff said in an interview with DNAinfo New York.

“The only way to get the community involvement that I’m looking for is to let people know what’s going on in the precinct.”

Schiff, who appears to be the NYPD’s first commanding officer to personally launch and update his precinct’s Twitter feed, has named 10 men on @76PrecinctNYPD since it debuted in August.

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Of them, six were identified in connection with a recent arrest or conviction. The four others were felons reportedly seen within the confines of the 76th Precinct — Twitter messages about them were titled “release alert” or “recidivist alert.”


Content is provided courtesy of DNAinfo.com


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 Dec 20, 2012 at 08:49 PM Justleftkolel Says:

I wish there was some alert that I could sign up to be notified if anyone living in my neighborhood was arrested or released. From what I understand, this is public information anyhow.

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 Dec 20, 2012 at 09:21 PM CherryKnish Says:

Good for him. He is a courageous honorable man.Legal Aid should be protecting innocent people, not criminals.

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 Dec 20, 2012 at 10:00 PM yaakov doe Says:

Most of those arrested and released return to the neighborhoods they know and continue to make a living doing the same crimes that they served time for. A burglar remains a burglar and a bank robbber returns to rob banksin the familiar neighborhood.

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 Dec 21, 2012 at 08:40 AM Yossi Says:

Captain please also post any corrupt police officers when you know one...
There are many corrupt police officers and some i always see sleeping on the job while on patrol....So please if anyone sees a officer sleeping please make sure to Twitter him...

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 Dec 21, 2012 at 09:25 AM grandson1 Says:

Congratulations Captain Schiff. You are just doing your job of protecting the innocent residents of your precinct. Forget what the American Criminal Liberties Union has to say. Kudos to you.

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 Dec 21, 2012 at 09:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Notice that 60% of those on the list were arrested again within 5 months or less.
This officer has it right!
Is there a way of counter suing "Legal Aid"?

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 Dec 21, 2012 at 10:19 AM yosefben Says:

Good for all of us! If he faces any type of legal issues I hope we all support this man and his courage. Thanks Capt. Schiff!!

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 Dec 21, 2012 at 10:28 AM Kosher_Ham Says:

Reply to #3  
yaakov doe Says:

Most of those arrested and released return to the neighborhoods they know and continue to make a living doing the same crimes that they served time for. A burglar remains a burglar and a bank robbber returns to rob banksin the familiar neighborhood.

Q to #3: Following your logic, does that mean a pedophile remains a pedophile?

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