The rank and file NYPD are being pressured to resume revenue arrests. Newser.com’s headline asks, “Police Revolt Ends,” but it is unclear if the headline means they’ve stopped a revolt against de Blasio or against their own supervisors who are making them do things they don’t like.
The New York Post, as I wrote about earlier, had panicked that, in the wake of the killing of two policemen after Eric Garner’s death, police were not making “low level” arrests as much as they used to. To read the Post’s piece, the city was about to collapse into chaos if police stopped arresting people for jaywalking or selling single cigarettes.
So now the police are starting to ramp up those arrests that New Yorkers missed so much. In other words, quotas are back. What? Oh no! There are no quotas. As we find in the New York Times:
At the same time, by focusing on activity numbers, Mr. Bratton found himself forced to do the very thing that critics — including officers and their unions — had declared a prime problem with the previous police administration. Mr. Bratton sought to quickly distinguish his order, however, saying it was about quality arrests, not officers reaching a certain quantity of activity for a given week or month.
“There is no specific target number that we go for,” Mr. Bratton said on Monday. “There are no quotas, if you will.”
Yes, there are no quotas, especially none that cause the death of someone for a minor crime. Nope.
Except, as was posted on this blog in late 2012, one police officer started ticketing dead people to meet his quota. The NYPD denied the quotas again, and denied the fired cop a hearing. If you think about all the things police have done or been accused of doing, it is quite enlightening to see what you can do to be deprived of your right to a hearing.
From another cop’s experience:
This system inevitably pitted cops against themselves. It wasn’t simply “friendly competition.” In Matthews’ precinct, a guard had to be placed in the locker room to prevent cops “in the red” from destroying the lockers of those “in the black” who met quota.
Yes, by all means, lets restore civilization by getting that system back up and running.
To give you an idea of how bad it is, here is a quotation from a hospital report about a police officer in their psychiatric ward:
He is coherent, relevant with goal directed speech and good eye contact. … His memory and concentration is intact. He is alert and oriented [… but…] his insight and judgment are impaired.
He expressed questionable paranoid ideas of conspiracy and cover-ups going [on] in the precinct. Since then, he started collecting “evidence” to “prove his point” and became suspicious “They are after him.”
The “patient” was NYPD Officer Adrian Schoolcraft. He had been alleging that the NYPD imposed a quota system. The only reason he is now taken seriously (though he is still mostly ignored) is because he had the insight to set up two audio recorders so that, when the police came to his house and committed him against his will to a psychiatric ward, they thought they had covered their tracks when they found and removed one audio recording device. From Wikipedia:
By the end of his 31 October shift, Schoolcraft felt sick and intimidated. With permission from Huffman, he left the station an hour early, went home, took some Nyquil, and fell asleep. At 6 PM, his father called with a warning message. He looked out the window and saw police massing in the street. He stayed on the phone. After 9 PM, he heard people moving upstairs. The officers obtained a key to the apartment after telling the landlord that Schoolcraft was suicidal.
About twelve high-ranking officers were present. Schoolcraft was interrogated by Deputy Chief Michael Marino, who asked: “Adrian … you didn’t hear us knocking on that door?” Schoolcraft said no and after further questions said, “Chief, if you were woken up in your house how would you behave? What is this, Russia?” The two argued about whether Schoolcraft’s early departure from the station was authorized, and whether he would return to the station with the team.
Schoolcraft agreed to check into a nearby hospital (Forest Hills) for high blood pressure. When paramedics said they were taking him to Jamaica Hospital, he said he was refusing medical attention (“RMA”). Marino said:
“Listen to me, they are going to treat you like an EDP [emotionally disturbed person]. Now, you have a choice. You get up like a man and put your shoes on and walk into that bus, or they’re going to treat you as an EDP and that means handcuffs.”
Marino eventually ordered, “Just take him. I can’t f—— stand him anymore.”
Schoolcraft was involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward in Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. He was handcuffed tightly to a bed and prevented from using a telephone, by orders of police who were present. An officer told the hospital that police had “followed him home and he had barricaded himself, and the door had to be broken to get to him.”
So, again, if Schoolcraft hadn’t set up two audio-recordings all of this would be denied. They would have given him the Soviet treatment and continued to claim he was delusional. Of course, the hospital billed him for his involuntary stay as the New York Times reported as “regional news.” Schoolcraft was virtually “disappeared” as far as his father was concerned. It took him six days of hunting to find him.
No one was criminally charged for what happened to Schoolcraft. How long ago was all this? 2006.
Yet New Yorkers are supposed to want this organization to be empowered to protect us from men like Eric Garner?