NYPD officer thrown in psych ward by superiors after revealing systemic corruption

By End the Lie

Officer Adrian Schoolcraft (Image credit: SchoolcraftJustice.com)

Adrian Schoolcraft of the New York Police Department’s (NYPD) 81st precinct in Brooklyn noticed some disturbing trends within the department and in response to his brave move to step forward, his superiors had him thrown in a psychiatric ward.

Schoolcraft realized that there was a pattern of the victims of crimes being caught up in bureaucratic hurdles which he thinks were deliberately put in place in order to make it harder to report serious crimes.

He then did his job and reported multiple incidents to investigators in 2009.

According to the Village Voice, in October of 2009 Schoolcraft met with NYPD investigators for some three hours, during which he detailed over 12 cases of manipulation of crime reports in his district.

Three weeks after this meeting, which was supposed to have been kept secret from his supervisors for obvious reasons, he was targeted.

Schoolcraft’s precinct commander and a deputy chief both ordered him to be forcibly removed from his apartment and locked up in the psychiatric ward of Jamaica Hospital for six days.

This is not the first time Schoolcraft has stood up to corrupt practices at the NYPD.

In the past, Schoolcraft released two years worth of recorded roll calls at NYPD precincts.

These recordings led to an award winning series in the Village Voice revealing widespread incompetence and corruption in the department.

The details of Schoolcraft’s imprisonment in the psychiatric ward were just recently revealed in a 95 page report.

This report vindicated Schoolcraft, who was been suspended with no pay for over two years, simply for seeking justice and actually doing his job.

Schoolcraft has filed a lawsuit and the NYPD has allegedly been attempting to keep the report under wraps since it was completed some two years ago.

This is understandable since it would seriously tarnish the department’s reputation.

The Village Voice reports that NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly ordered an investigation into the claims made by Schoolcraft, resulting in the report being completed by June of 2010.

Since that time, the department has attempted to keep it secret, according to the Village Voice.

The report, obtained by the Village Voice, shows that the NYPD actually confirmed the allegations made by Schoolcraft, yet they went after him with a vengeance anyways.

They report that “at the same time that police officials were attacking Schoolcraft’s credibility, refusing to pay him, and serving him with administrative charges, the NYPD was sitting on a document that thoroughly vindicated his claims.”

The complaints made by Officer Schoolcraft focused mostly on the NYPD’s alleged practice of manipulating crime statistics to give a false impression of effectiveness.

“Officers were told to arrest people who were doing little more than standing on the street, but they were also encouraged to disregard actual victims of serious crimes who wanted to file reports,” according to the Village Voice.

Of course, the Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg and NYPD commissioner Raymond Kelly have both denied all of the allegations.

However, the newly released 95 page report appears to confirm the allegations, contrary to the many claims made by Schoolcraft’s supervisors.

Individuals who investigated Schoolcraft’s claims concluded that “an atmosphere was created discouraging members of the command to accurately report index crimes.”

This is not the first time the NYPD has been associated with corrupt practices, indeed last year there was a large scandal surrounding allegations of planting drugs on suspects and manufacturing charges.

Schoolcraft’s courage in the face of systematic corruption is nothing short of commendable and hopefully he will no longer be the target of harassment simply for actually doing his job.

At least there are some police officers out there who are actually working to protect and serve, not give a false sense of security and collect revenue for the government.

Hopefully Schoolcraft is reinstated with all back pay and perhaps even promoted or at least recognized for his brave actions and his active fight for justice.

The Law Office of Jon L. Norinsberg and Cohen & Fitch, LLP have filed a lawsuit on Schoolcraft’s behalf against the City of New York and high ranking members of the NYPD and have launched an official website devoted to their efforts. I encourage you to support his struggle however you can.

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6 Responses to NYPD officer thrown in psych ward by superiors after revealing systemic corruption

  1. Todd March 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    Article 58, American style. I’d bet you can follow the money. Crime statistics likely support federal crime funding in some manner. Similar to Education funding. Just a hunch. That would create the need to manipulate outcomes for other than public relations reasons.

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  2. Anonymous March 13, 2012 at 12:33 AM

    You’d expect this in the USSR. I guess it’s the USSA now.

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  3. Marlon March 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

    I don’t understand why this comes as a surprise. America has been in the game of Control for years. What makes us think it has stopped? It seems the only time we get emotional is when the bus smacks us in the face. Well, that’s starting to happen more often. Now, maybe it’s time we stop waiting to get hit by this hypothetical bus of control and disassemble it. It’s time we go to the top and remove these idiots from office. Don’t know who will replace them, but I’d rather there be untethered chaos than controlled slavery!

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  4. Tom750 July 3, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    is this good man out of ‘prison’ yet?

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    • Anonymous July 9, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      This was the most recent info I could find:

      http://blogs.villagevoice.com/runninscared/2011/05/adrian_schoolcr_1.php

      It’s from last year. I hope Officer Schoolcraft mops the floor with those assholes in court. His superiors aren’t just a disgrace to their profession, they’re a disgrace to humanity. Only cowardly little weasels use the authority (invested in them!!) to abuse and mistreat others. The NYPD has turned into the perfect example of subhuman gutter trash. Let’s thank those little girls in blue for being disgraceful lessons to the rest of humanity.

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      • JA October 10, 2012 at 11:07 AM

        Well said!!

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