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ACC 333 (Farrell) Class 04 and 05 Fall 2011 Page 1 of 3 In-Class Activity Reading – The Even Sadder New York Police Saga By Richard Emery The New York Times, December 12, 1987 The recent revelation that Transit Police officers made scores of illegal arrests for alleged sex abuse and other crimes in 1983 and 1984 is only the beginning of what promises to be a long and sorry story. It is fast becoming clear that the ill-advised practice of measuring police productivity by arrest quotas is responsible for a far more extensive pattern of false arrests and for undermining the credibility of an entire police agency. A scandal that started with the false arrest of Ronald Yeadon, an off-duty New York City police officer, now encompasses at least nine officers in the Union Square district who were engaged in a pattern of baseless arrests. The evidence shows that those officers, and perhaps many others, falsely charged black and Hispanic men with sex abuse and jostling/attempted pick-pocketing. The officers made arrests without the corroboration of victims, who, in many cases, disputed the charges. Moreover, in researching the case, I have heard convincing stories of summonses written for names taken from the telephone book, of quotas filled by officers who waited at destination stations to arrest homeless riders who sleep on the subways, of officers competing for detective status and overtime by racking up false arrests, of racial bigotry infecting the entire arrest process, of arrest abuses at the Columbus Circle Station (the system's biggest district) that far exceed those in Union Square, and of supervisors who pressure officers to make "collars." Transit Police officers tell me that their jobs are terrible. They fear the subways but are required to ride alone and
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This note was uploaded on 03/19/2012 for the course ACCACC 333 taught by Professor Anne during the Fall '11 term at Miami University.

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