Police Misconduct and the NYC Police Department

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Drugs, bribes, falsifying evidence, unjustified force and kickbacks present opportunities for cops to act like criminals. Robert Kane talks about his study of the nature and causes of police misconduct. To write the book Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department he and Michael White had unprecedented, complete access to the confidential files of NYPD officers who committed serious offenses, examining the cases of more than 1,500 NYPD officers over a 20-year period.


Robert Kane

Comments [8]


This guy had so little to say that most observant people wouldn't already know. I wonder how many grants funded the data-gathering that "proved" the obvious.

Dec. 20 2012 10:58 PM
April from Manhattan

Odd, I tried calling but no one answered, even after pressing one. Will you please ask him if there's a quota on stop and frisks, as was shown in The Nation "F***ing Mutt: video, a scene showed two cops, one behind a desk the other standing. Guy behind the desk says "You need to get those" - think it was 250s, whatever stop and frisks are - "up". Or else you'd be sent to a dangerous area by yourself.

Dec. 20 2012 12:42 PM

How do you collect information about something like this when part of the problem is the "blue wall of silence"? And if Prof. Kane's past income depended on the NYPD, how does this affect his stance on the issues he's now studying?

Dec. 20 2012 12:32 PM
Eric from Manhattan

This book is not available at the NYPL. Wah wah.....

Dec. 20 2012 12:26 PM
Candace McCoy from Manhattan

hello to Rob! GREAT job explaining very difficult material. You guys just asked why I said we should develop "good apples" in police departments. Leonard said he wasn't sure what that means....let me say it was part of a discussion about "bad apples" in any organization. It comes from the old adage "one bad apple can ruin the whole barrel." When police misconduct is alleged, the usual response is to say that we have to get rid of the bad apple who engaged in the behavior, thus preserving the purity of the "barrel," i.e. the organization. But most scholars of police say that individual officers are not the problem -- the organization itself might have a culture that encourages deviant behavior. My point about developing "good apples" is that we should try to define better exactly what we mean by good policing and train individual people to fit into this mission, thus creating a better organization over the long term. GREAT INTERVIEW, ROB!

Dec. 20 2012 12:26 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Has there ever been an effort to have a reporter go through the police academy & training to find out if attitudes that lead to misconduct & abuse are being encouraged or taught outright?

Dec. 20 2012 12:21 PM
Amy from Manhattan

What does robbing drug dealers have to do w/loyalty?

Dec. 20 2012 12:16 PM

Bad barrels.

How should we see something like the revelations of the last couple of years that the NYPD is systematically spying on Muslim? and Arabs? Conservatives see that as an acceptable necessity in a climate of terrorism (until someone like David Sirota raises the possibility of profiling white Christian males). Progressives see such NYPD conduct as part of a pattern endorsed by the federal government, where standards of evidence in cases of alleged terrorism are actually different (and far laxer) than in all other criminal cases.

Dec. 20 2012 12:15 PM

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