Crown Heights, NY - 77th Precinct Probed For Crime Stat Manipulation
Crown Heights, NY - A police precinct is under scrutiny after cops told investigators their bosses manipulated crime statistics, sources said.
The 77th Precinct, covering Crown Heights and Prospect Heights, first raised a red flag with unusually high numbers of unfounded cases - where cops respond to a report of crime and determine none was committed, sources said.
After the review began, cops blabbed about other cases where they thought higher-ups improperly downgraded felonies to misdemeanors or told officers not to take a complaint, sources said.
Inspector John Cosgrove was precinct commander during the period in question. No departmental charges have been filed against him. He would not comment.
In Bedford-Stuyvesant’s 81st Precinct, Officer Adrian Schoolcraft claimed bosses refused to take crime reports from some victims - and filed a $50 million lawsuit against the city and the NYPD. The Daily News was the first to expose the allegations.
Kelly transferred the 81st Precinct commander, Steven Mauriello, and charged him and four other 81st Precinct cops with manipulating the stats.
Read more in the NY Daily News
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