New York Fired, Institutionalized Whistleblower for Reporting Falsified Crime Statistics

Via the New York Daily News:

He’s not so crazy after all.

An NYPD report supports the claims made by Officer Adrian Schoolcraft, the Brooklyn cop who accused the NYPD of throwing him into a mental hospital because he complained supervisors were cooking the books to make the crime rate seem lower.

The 95-page report was completed in June 2010 but never released. Jon Norinsberg, Schoolcraft’s lawyer, called it “a very strong vindication” of Schoolcraft’s claims.

“It’s unfortunate that this has not been disclosed to the public,” Norinsberg said. “But it will all come out when this goes to trial.”

Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, the NYPD’s top spokesman, said it is not unusual for internal reports to stay private. He also said the report, prepared by the Quality Assurance Division, shows Schoolcraft’s accusations were taken seriously.

Schoolcraft was yanked from his Queens home on Halloween night 2009 and taken to the psychiatric ward at Jamaica Hospital. He said he was held there against his will until his release six days later.

He later gave QUAD and the Daily News more than a dozen crime complaints that show felonies were downgraded to misdemeanors or victims were repeatedly discouraged from reporting what had happened to them.

Schoolcraft also released secret audiotapes in which he recorded precinct brass urging cops to cook the books.

QUAD later found that in 11 cases, Schoolcraft’s fears were founded, with felonies downgraded, reports taken but not filed or victims pressured not to file complaints, according to sources who have seen the report.

Investigators also found problems with 46 other reports, including 25 that were misclassified, sources said.

“Obviously, the greater question is whether you have one mismanaged precinct or do you have an issue reflective of a wider problem, a systemic problem,” said John Jay College Professor Eli Silverman, the co-author of a new book, “The Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation.”

Schoolcraft, 36, is a nine-year veteran. He is still suspended without pay.

Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello, the precinct’s commanding officer of the 81st Precinct, was later transferred and accused of failing to record a grand larceny complaint and impeding the department’s investigation.

The QUAD report was critical of his leadership, but Roy Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, said it was wrong to ask Mauriello to recall, without notes, incidents that had happened a year earlier.

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