2001-06-16 / Columnists

From the G-Man by Gary G. Toms Crime Stats And The NYPD

From the G-Man by Gary G. Toms
Crime Stats And The NYPD

In last week’s edition of The Wave, there was a very interesting tidbit about how the 100 Precinct may be tampering with the statistics of reported crimes. There are also allegations that they have been downgrading certain crimes in order to maintain their reputation as the precinct with the lowest rate of reported crimes in the city.

These are some very serious accusations, and I happen to know for a fact that there are a number of people, from Rockaway Park to Neponsit, who feel that the charges are warranted.

There have been many complaints that have come into the office of The Wave regarding drug sales that are taking place within the aforementioned areas. Residents have complained, at many Community Board meetings, that the drug sales are taking place right in front of their homes, or on the corner, but nothing has ever been done, on a major scale, to prevent it.

"I have seen the crack dealers all along my block. They sell from 116th Street and go as far as 130th. I call the cops, but they don’t do anything. They just cruise by, stop and go their merry way. We’ve complained to every Captain that has held the command at that precinct, but they don’t bother to do anything because all they’re interested in is those damn numbers. They just want to make themselves look good in order to receive promotions and praise", stated one prominent community member who asked that their name be withheld.

These charges cannot be substantiated as of yet, but we are hopeful that people within the ranks will start to come forward with detailed information about what is actually going on inside the 100 Precinct.

In looking at this situation, I began to wonder if this alleged practice had the potential of becoming one of the biggest news stories of the year. It was not long before I realized that it certainly could.

Let me present a scenario to you. Stay with me on this folks. Suppose these allegations against the 100 Precinct are true. It would explain why so many residents have been virtually ignored in their attempts to have the police address the drug dealing in their community. If you start making arrests, the crime rate and statistics increase for that area. How do you prevent this from happening? You do so by not reporting or indexing it in the records, or you downgrade the level of the crimes altogether.

If you think that was heavy, check this out. Break out the oxygen tanks because I’m about to go deep once again. Now, suppose, just for a minute, that this practice was not confined to the Rockaway area. What if this practice is widespread throughout the five boroughs! If this were the case, then it would be logical to assume that certain high profile leaders, like the Mayor, would have much to gain by stating that crime is lower than it ever has been in New York City. Do you smell what I’m cooking?

Furthermore, and I’m putting it out there because I don’t give a damn, what if this practice was part of a mandate issued by the Mayor, and certain members of his administration, to all precinct commands after he took office! That certainly would explain why former Police Commissioner William Bratton bolted from the "Julie" regime and why a lackey like Howard Safir was hired to replace him. Bratton may have realized what was about to go down and said, "Screw you guys, "The Brat" is out!"

I realize that I may get threats as the result of this column, but let me tell you something. Any cop that feels the need to denounce the scenarios I’ve presented is welcome to do so. They’d be kidding themselves if they thought such practices were out of the realm of possibility.

Mandates have been issued by the Mayor’s administration before. Remember when cops were coming out of the woodwork last year to report how they were pressured to make a large number of arrests and get guns off the street? Many of them said the order came from the very top, but declined to call names. So, a mandate stressing a downgrade of serious crimes, for the sake of receiving unprecedented and unbelievably low crime stats, is not a far-fetched idea.

In addition to the previous statement, I would like to say that any cop that would choose to defend the Mayor, in any sense, is a fool! How could they defend a man who took part in a racist riot at City Hall, caught on tape back in 1993, and stiffed them on a new contract for the last eight years? It makes no sense.

The police can get pissed at me if they want to, but based on how they’ve been treated by the Mayor, they would be well within their rights to come forward and speak out if such mandates have been issued. It would serve him right, and the honor and integrity of the NYPD, and its many outstanding officers, would be upheld once again.

See you next week!


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