BUSTED: NYPD Capt. Pressuring Cop to Arrest More Black and Hispanic Men

 

Claire Bernish | The Free Thought Project

New York, NY— Recording of a conversation between an NYPD cop and his supervisor, which appears to evidence his being pressured into profiling black and Hispanic men — illegal, ‘unofficial’ quotas — has just been released by Gawker.

While the New York Daily News originally broke the story in January, audio hasn’t been released by any source until Gawker published it on Wednesday.


New York City Transit Officer Michael Birch alleges in a federal class-action lawsuit — for which officers involved are known collectively as the “NYPD 12” — that his supervisors retaliated against him when he failed to meet illegal quotas for stopping black and hispanic men.

Though Gawker only released a two-minute clip from the 36-minute total audio recording, its content appears to damningly reinforce Birch’s allegations of what transpired in a conversation with then-Captain Constantin Tsachas, during a performance evaluation in August 2012.

“The conversation just turned really weird to me,” Birch said, according to US Uncut. “Because he’s basically telling me it’s OK to racially profile.”


In the following portion of transcript and recording, as Gawker pointed out, “TAB is NYPD jargon for a summons issued for a transit violation such as turnstile jumping; according to Birch, ‘popping’ refers to when a summons leads to an arrest, because the person you’ve stopped has a warrant against them.”

COMMANDING OFFICER [CO]: Who commits the crimes in this city?

BIRCH: Who commits the crimes? Well, it’s mostly teenagers, anywhere between the ages of 15 and 19, mostly male blacks and Hispanics.

CO: OK. Who are you stopping?

BIRCH: Everybody. I stop everybody.

CO: Fifty-four TABs up 8/20. Twenty-five of those are female. Half.

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