NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Charges were filed Friday against 19 NYPD officers in the Bronx, on allegations that they downgraded the severity of complaints.
The 40th Precinct officers, who patrol the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, are accused of failing to process crime complaints properly during a four-month period in 2014, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said.
According to authorities, an audit of the precinct, its radio call response activities and its complaint reports turned up 55 such alleged instances, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
“These disciplinary charges are strict but fair,” Bratton said. “The purposeful misrepresentation of crime data is rare but nevertheless unacceptable, and it will be dealt with accordingly.”
As WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported, the complaints in question were about minor crimes. A majority of the reports were in the five offense categories of petit larceny, lost property, misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief and criminal trespass, authorities said.
A law enforcement source told WCBS 880 there was some evidence to suggest the incidents should have been recorded as more serious crimes such as burglary and grand larceny.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, the allegations had longtime resident Melvin Howell upset.
“They’re trying to make it look like crime is down, just to avoid really handling their business,” Howell said.
Those charged include one lieutenant, eight sergeants, nine officers and one detective, police said.
The commanding officer of the precinct has been reassigned, Silverman reported.