NYC Whistleblower On Crime Rates Charges Retaliation in Transfer


A New York Police Department whistleblower tells the New York Daily News he has been transferred to the graveyard shift at Bronx Central Booking in retaliation for raising red flags about crime reports at his old Queens precinct. Sgt. Robert Borrelli told internal investigators that cops in the 100th Precinct routinely downgraded crimes to keep the crime rate artificially low — and turned over the shady paperwork as proof.

The department's Quality Assurance Division opened a probe and has upgraded some of the crimes from misdemeanors to felonies — a development that Borrelli says earned him the unwanted transfer and shunning from fellow officers. He calls his new assignment a form of “highway therapy” because it's a much longer commute. His overtime has been reduced and a tire on his car was punctured outside his old precinct. He also faces departmental discipline for an argument with an officer. “It's one word — retaliation,” he said. “They’re coming after me because I opened my mouth.”

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