Officer Adrian Schoolcraft
Date: May 2010
Adrian Schoolcraft, a former NYPD officer, released secret recordings of police misconduct that he made on duty to The Village Voice. Schoolcraft claimed that the tapes illustrated the corruption that was rampant within the city's 81st Police Precinct in Brooklyn; the recordings were later published in a series of stories called "The NYPD Tapes." Schoolcraft's recordings revealed that officers held citizens without charges in order to satisfy quotas, and also neglected to report serious crimes such as rape to give the illusion that the department was reducing the crime rate.
Schoolcraft claims that after the department learned of his whistleblowing, they forcibly removed him from his home and conspired with Jamaica Hospital Center to have him remanded to the psychiatric ward to discredit his claims. The NYPD suggested that Schoolcraft showed signs of being an emotionally disturbed person, and Jamaica Hospital Center personnel conducted their own assesment and determined that Schoolcraft's admission was, in fact, justified. Schoolcraft filed a $50 million lawsuit against the NYPD in 2010 claiming that the department and hospital colluded against him without any medical justification for his decision to expose the practices of the 81st Police Precinct. Schoolcraft's ordeal earned him the friendship of Frank Serpico, who blew the whistle on NYPD corruption over 40 years ago. Serpico says that Schoolcraft's experiences have striking parallels to his own.