A day after a Brooklyn cop accused police officers in Bedford Stuyvesant's 81st Precinct of under-reporting crimes and turning away victims in an effort to improve crime statistics, a Queens politician says he's heard the same allegations from other officers—but they won't testify for fear of retribution.
"Crime numbers should never be manipulated," said Councilman and Public Safety Committee chair Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens), who is best known for his vocal stances against graffiti, roll gates, and stunts. "If there were credible allegations made by police officers who would testify, it would be something we would seriously consider holding hearings on."
Embattled Officer Adrian Schoolcraft has accused cops of downgrading felonies to misdemeanors and refusing to file crime reports to lower the precinct's crime rate. But so far, an NYPD Quality Assurance Division probe of 1,200 crime complaints filed in 81st Precinct hasn't revealed anything alarming, according to a police spokesman. The Daily News reports that the review has actually determined that the stationhouse improperly classifies a "significantly lower" percentage of crimes than the citywide average of 1.5 percent. That said, the investigation won't take into account instances in which cops turned away victims who wanted to file police reports.