Adrian Schoolcraft’s description of being taken in handcuffs to a psychiatric ward last Halloween suggests that the New York City Police Department “could have a vindictive underbelly,” reports the Associated Press. He argues that cops risk retribution when they try, as he did, to blow the whistle on supervisors’ faking of crime statistics to make the stats look better. Schoolcraft made hundreds of hours of secret tapes while on duty – everything from roll calls to locker room chatter to bosses yelling at him. The tapes, along with medical records and other documents, were provided to the AP.
Police officials say Schoolcraft’s allegations about ticket quotas and fudged stats were taken seriously, but he was uncooperative in an investigation of them. After what he describes as a frightening, involuntary hospital stay, he was suspended from the force. He has gone into self-exile while his lawyer pursues a $50 million civil rights lawsuit against the city. Schoolcraft has been giving media interviews and started a website, www.schoolcraftjustice.com, to promote his cause and encourage other officers to report misconduct. His story was first reported in the New York Daily News and then in the Village Voice.