New York City Police Morale “As Bad As I’ve Ever Seen It”


With the New York Police Department facing a blizzard of damning incidents, cops and police brass say morale is perilously low, reports the New York Daily News. A veteran Bronx officer said anonymously, “You’re a robot. You’re under the microscope. You’re under video surveillance. We feel like the perpetrators now, the way we’re being displayed.” A ticket-fixing scandal has hung over the department like a black cloud for the past two years. The negative press has intensified in recent months with the emergence of several new scandals.

A spate of false drug busts – known as “flaking,” cop talk for planting cocaine on innocent victims – led to the arrests of eight cops and a sweeping shakeup. This month, an officer was hit with federal civil rights charges for falsely arresting a black man on Staten Island because of his race. A series of apparently strongarm police tactics in dealing with Occupy Wall Street protesters – most notably, a deputy inspector’s use of pepper spray on two women – has left the department with a very public black eye. Pat Lynch, president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, said, “Morale is as bad as I’ve ever seen it.”

Comments are closed.


You have Free articles left this month.

Want access to all our reporting? Subscribe for unlimited access or login.