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In this scathing exposé of America's largest police department, Rayman, a writer for the Village Voice, reveals how a whistleblowing NYPD officer turned the trend of manipulating crime data for political gain on its head, daring to sue the department to halt the practice. The author, a veteran reporter on the New York City police beat, opens with officer Adrian Schoolcraft confined in a mental hospital, the result of a request from his bosses following Schoolcraft's probing into their dubious policing procedures. In the 1990s, Police Commissioner William Bratton began using a computerized statistical system to measure the department's success, but the system was all too easy to tamper with. So Schoolcraft, a stickler for playing by the rules, started keeping notes in 2008 on how the police force fudged the crime numbers, and he began collecting tape-recorded evidence of illegal behavior. When his superiors copped to his intentions, Schoolcraft was given low performance ratings, assigned desk duty, disciplined severely, and pushed to the emotional breaking point, before finally filing a lawsuit against the city. Connecting the dots reliably and accurately, Rayman's account of a modern-day Serpico's battle with an all-powerful police department is somber and inspiring. Agent: Jason Allen Ashlock, Movable Type. (Aug.)

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Adrian Schoolcraft joined the NYPD for old-fashioned reasons, to have a good job while protecting the people. Instead, he ran up against police bosses who cared more about low crime statistics than public safety. That collision, as devastatingly described by Graham Rayman, is a tale of crime prevention turned upside down in the Bloomberg era. Rayman has invented a new genre: the police misprocedural. (Tom Robbins)

Not only has Graham Rayman told the incredible story of Adrian Schoolcraft, whose forced hospitalizaiton by the NYPD in a mental ward is reminiscent of the Sovet Union's KGB, but Rayman puts that sad and frightening incident into a larger context: how the NYPD systemically downgrades crimes to make New York City appear to be safer than it actually is. (Leonard Levitt, author of NYPD Confidential and Conviction)

Graham Rayman's a great reporter and Adrian Schoolcraft's story was one of the most gripping things we've ever put on This American Life. The NYPD Tapes tells more of what happened, and reveals the full extent that officials were willing to go in their cover-up. (Ira Glass, host of public radio's This American Life)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Trade (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230342272
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230342279
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #264,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this for anyone who lives in NYC!
Nicole S. Junior
Extra details are found in the writing, so if you want a more complete picture, the book will help.
J. Bartley
Maybe not living in NYC dampened my interest but I found the storytelling a bit dry and drawn out.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By antisocial on August 16, 2013
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Unbelievable that this type of corruption not only exists in the modern era but is actively encouraged and sanctioned from the top. Police officers forced into mental institutions in an effort to discredit them? It sounds like something out of a novel rather then the actual happenings at a major American Police Department. For those of us who are constantly bombarded by so called `news stories' from places like Yahoo, it is refreshing and comforting to see that real investigative journalism is not dead. Graham Rayman is the type of journalist I haven't seen since Mike Wallace, a real old school reporter not afraid to get his hands dirty and dig for the truth. Hats off to Officer Schoolcraft and Graham Rayman for bringing this shocking travesty of modern policing to the public eye.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Ellman on January 13, 2014
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Kenneth Ellman Reviews The NYPD Tapes by Rayman and Schoolcraft
January 13, 2014, Email:ke@kennethellman.com, Box 18, Newton, N J 07860

There seems to be a consistency in human behavior where an eternal conflict exists between those who seek exposure of errors, violations and crimes with those who seek to conceal such. It is not just that wrongdoers or criminals seek concealment, but that those in positions of overall authority, from Mayors to Commissioners or other senior executives who should encourage such revelations, instead seek to prevent exposure of institutional failings.

So here in this book we have the factual telling of what happened to New York City Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft who was and is attacked, illegally imprisoned and targeted by our “government” for revealing that the Police Department concealed crimes and by such concealment protected criminals and injured the cause of Justice. There are two aspects to what the City of New York did to its own people.

First the NYC Government attacked a courageous New York City Police Officer, Adrian Schoolcraft, who recorded and documented the deliberate concealment of crime in New York City and when he exposed this extraordinary corruption those men sworn to protect us, attacked him. He was actually kidnaped from his home where senior executives of the NYCPD authorized the break in of his house and his transportation to Jamaica Hospital in Queens County, NYC where he was illegally detained for days. That is why I always say reality is stranger than fiction.

This kidnaping was merely one aspect of continual illegal acts to prevent his disclosure of concealment of crime reports and various criminal acts in New York City.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth A. Johnson on March 13, 2014
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A great book to read for officers from other Departments/municipalities.
The author keeps you intrigued from the very start and all through the novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole S. Junior on February 18, 2014
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I recommend this for anyone who lives in NYC! It truly shines a light on the harsh retaliation NYPD whistle blowers endure, at the hands of their brothers and sisters in blue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Bartley on November 23, 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It was well-written. If you heard the NPR story, it pretty much sums up the book. Extra details are found in the writing, so if you want a more complete picture, the book will help.
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a must read. so pertinent for our current situation in NYC. The cops are like a mob who consider all non cops as the enemy. again this book is fair, and a MUST READ.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By W. Fargo on September 23, 2013
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This shows the leadership in NYPD for what it is, a self-serving cabal run by a police commissioner who facilitated law breaking within his rotten organization. Good cops aside, and NYPD has many, the management of NYPD perverted the rule of law by being more interested in stats and promotions than the sacred rights supposedly guaranteed to citizens by the Constitution. The department has been in this place before. Corruption, lies and law breaking by the NYPD law enforcers is not new. The culture of NYPD needs a radical change and the courts and prosecutors need to do their jobs, putting bad cops, from the top down, in prison where they belong. It's hard to read this book, seeing what the responsible parties did not do. But it is recommended that citizens read this story and become more informed regarding rogue police activity so they can report it and move against it when they see it.
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