NYPD Tapes

Tuesday, August 06, 2013


Graham Rayman, staff writer for the Village Voice and author of The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), joins us in studio to talk about his reporting on the NYPD. 

Comments [10]

Karla Fisk from Inwood, Manhattan

Great original articles on this by Graham Rayman. Thanks for interviewing him.

Personal experience: My husband came home and discovered a neighbor in front of bldg had just been assaulted, hit & hurt by paint ballers shooting from the opposite roof. He called the police and the officer who showed up was unwilling to do anything to pursue the attackers who were just across the street on the roof. He was also unwilling to even write up the incident and refused to until my husband told him he was a former Queens ADA. We have heard many similar stories from our neighbors.

An Inwood woman who was raped by a stranger in the park a couple years ago had it originally written up by the police as a misdemeanor. She demanded to see the report & then raised hell to the press & city officials when she discovered the police had falsely reported her rape.

This is a systemic problem. Comstat as it is used now (to measure the success of precinct captains) will always create huge pressure on officers to dismiss & downgrade citizens reports of serious crime. The only way to continue to use Constant and prevent the downgrading of serious crime would be to institute rigorous surprise audits of individual precincts crime reports. Only way to even begin to keep the precincts honest.

Kelly knows this. His "commission" was an unpaid
Whitewash panel of friends. No examination of the real problem. And that's the way Kelly wants it, because otherwise it would bring into question his entire tenure as commissioner.

The tragedy of this is that we don't have any idea what the real rate of serious crimes is in the city.

As a very well-educated (law degree, Harvard MPA) lifelong NYPD golden boy, Kelly knew exactly what Comstat's fatal weakness was when he became commissioner. And he didn't do anything about it.

Aug. 06 2013 12:07 PM
John from Brooklyn

I've witnessed a detective tell a woman that her home was not just invaded at gunpoint and that, thus, no report would be taken. I've had a friend who was gang-raped told that since she could not name all of her assailants, no crime was committed. This is common practice. Rayman's reporting just confirmed with what people in the less affluent neighborhoods of NYC already knew. What is alarming is that no one in the press and none of the mayoral candidates have taken notice. The betrayal that has taken place is unforgivable. The police are deliberately not doing their jobs to manipulate the stats and stop-and-frisk is actually just a symptom of that, whereas most critics of it are speaking as if it were the primary problem.

Aug. 06 2013 11:34 AM
The Truth from Becky

"We have the best cops in the world"??? must be smoking hard drugs..

You don't have to be a "cop basher" to have an opposing view.

Aug. 06 2013 11:33 AM
john from office

All the cop bashers on this board never were in other countries. We have the best cops in the world.

Go to mexico, haiti, the DR, you will long for the NYPD.

So the NYPD comes down hard on a bad cop?? what a surprise!

Aug. 06 2013 11:30 AM
Daneil from New York City

Andrea - your son wasn't a victim. He broke the law and they stopped him and he's lucky he didn't get a ticket. It's a hefty fine simply for walking between cars. A friend of mine and his wife were indeed ticketed - and they're white and in their 30s. One of the reasons they may have spotted him is that often people who wander through cars are selling stolen or pirated goods. But please don't think your son is "a victim." The police were enforcing the law - right or wrong.

Aug. 06 2013 11:29 AM
JR from NYC

the truth is some cops are criminals with a license to kill, they do whatever they want, like in the examples from callers, etc. I don't feel they're there to protect us and I actually fear them.

Aug. 06 2013 11:26 AM
Chris from Queens

I wouldn't say nobody gets stopped for passing between subway cars. I, along with eight friends, was stopped and ticketed a few years ago for passing between cars while the train was idling at the end of the line (7 train at Times Square).

Aug. 06 2013 11:25 AM
Miscellaneous from NYC

I was assaulted nearly four years ago. I called 911 while lying on the ground. Six officers in three patrol cars came, along with an ambulance. The officer in charge went to the perpetrator and permitted her to talk him out of arresting her while the EMTs loaded me into the ambulance. Not one of the officers came to me to ask me what happened.

A few days after the incident, my husband and I went to the precinct and had to file a report because none of the officers did. The perpetrator has still not been arrested, no investigation was done.

I, however, had surgery as a result of the assault, lost my job and my home and now have a metal plate in my leg.

Thank you, NYPD.

Aug. 06 2013 11:24 AM
jf from ny

Police are destroying society. Persecution of positive forces in society, bicycle riding, freedom,civil rights, money that poor people have. And aggravating and encouraging serious crime, propping up their hollywood set dystopia as much as possible. Giving free equipment and favors to cop shows to spread their propaganda, psychologically incessantly repeated news of statistically unlikely crimes. Its a whole dystopian eco system funded by private prison corporations lobbyists. And free swat equipment from homeland security............................................

Aug. 06 2013 11:21 AM
AMR from Canada

Fascinating subject, bad delivery. Sounds like an SNL skit.

Aug. 06 2013 11:17 AM

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