posted on Mar, 21 2013 @ 03:04 AM
It's a dark day indeed to hear these things confirmed in clear and absolute terms by someone who has not just a year or two in the NYPD, but 8 long
years there. It's an interesting thing to see that an Officer steps forward to declare these things to the world and under Oath in open court.
Some may suggest he's doing this out of revenge for being suspended on an allegation of filing false arrest paperwork, however....I'd say the
overall story supports the idea that such allegations were busy work charges to simply get him off the job and out of a position to hear more to talk
about. Let me share some particulars as it's happening in an NYC court room right now.
MANHATTAN (CN) - Bronx police brass told the rank-and-file that if they refused to meet quotas, they would have to "drive the sergeant" or
deliver pizzas, a suspended veteran officer testified Tuesday at a trial challenging stop-and-frisk practices.
Opening arguments began Monday in a trial challenging the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics. The New York Civil Liberties Union claims the trial
began just after the NYPD stopped and frisked its 5 millionth person.
Okay, that's rude at best but this isn't Burger King telling the front line people to screw more customers on up-sells. This is a Police Commander
threatening poor assignments or worse if actions aren't performed in a set number. Actions which, each and every time, impact the life of a citizen
on the street.
One of these officers, Adhyl Polanco, testified on Tuesday. Polanco is an eight-year veteran of the NYPD, currently on suspension.
He said that in 2005, he spent his first six months on the force working in a so-called "Impact Zone," an NYPD operation that sends large
numbers of rookie officers to high-crime areas.
During the next three years as a patrol officer in the 41st Precinct, Polanco said he learned, "There's a difference between written policies
and what really goes on out there."
I should say so on there being a major difference. That much is plain to see and it's a whopper. Quotas are a real bad thing...and I hadn't thought
they were legal for law enforcement work precisely for the abuse they almost come to require to some extent, regardless. What if it's been a few slow
days? Crimes aren't busy on their shifts and the criminals are just not on the street much for whatever reason? How many normal people get jacked up
so the numbers look good for the threats out of Commanders?
There is another major point here. To think his accusations are all fluffy because he's on a suspension which I'm guessing won't end would be a bit
hasty. See, the subject of the story wasn't stupid. Not at all. He recorded some of this while it was happening.
But Polanco said his supervisors were not satisfied with his "Monthly Activity Report" from January 2009, which was filled with duties that did
not include arrests and summonses.
That summer, he said, "I started recording [roll calls] because I couldn't believe what I was hearing."
He said his supervisors demanded "Twenty summonses and one arrest per officer, at least."
And, Polanco claimed, "They said they wanted at least five [street stops]."
Polanco testified that one sergeant told officers that "if we didn't want to be a pizza delivery man, we better do what they
As the story goes on, the tapes of these statements (and much more apparently) are among the items they intend to play for the court as the trial
moves forward. This could be a very interesting one to watch. It's interesting that I'm not hearing much about it anywhere else.
I suppose that adds something to consider for New Yorker's. The routine stop for something may not be routine at all......and it's outcome to an
arrest may be predetermined before it's even really begun due to the pressure to fill pre-set numbers or else.
Perhaps Bloomberg needs to put down the Big Gulp, step away slowly and look toward his Police Department. They seem to be in some serious need of
attention just now and this happened while he's been Mayor anyway. Something needs fixed....and it's not sugary drinks! What say everyone else?