Friday, March 16, 2012

Righteous cop update: it gets worse

Regular readers may remember this post from 2010, titled "Righteous Cop Silenced."

On this week's episode of This American Life is the harrowing, deeply disquieting story of Adrian  Schoolcraft, a NYC cop who secretly recorded his supervisors instructing him to manipulate crime statistics and make illegal arrests.  When his secret came out, his supervisors labelled him mentally ill and had him involuntarily committed.   The audio is here; Schoolcraft's story begins at around 17 minutes in.  The Village Voice investigative report that broke the story is here.

The New York Times has an update on Schoolcraft's forcible, 6-day detention, in which Schoolcraft was handcuffed to a gurney in a psychiatric emergency room, after blowing the whistle on his superiors.  Schoolcraft was billed $7,185 for the detention.

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