Adrian Schoolcraft (c. 1975- ) was a New York police officer in the 81st Precinct, which covers Bedford-Stuyvesant, a poor, black part of Brooklyn with a high crime rate. From June 2008 to October 2009, he secretly recorded everything that was said with a small tape recorder while he was on duty. Now he is taking the police to court.
Police officers were told how many people to stop and search, how many tickets to write, how many arrests to make every month. This led police officers to stop and search or arrest people or write them up for no good reason – or for little things like not wearing a seat belt or talking on a mobile phone while driving.
Meanwhile serious crime was not taken seriously. When people called to report that they had been robbed, beaten or raped, the police would try to talk…
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