Secret Recordings Reveal New York Police Admitting To Framing, Beating Residents
Hours of secret recordings reveal New York police officers admitting to framing and beating residents as well as collaborating with drug dealers, according to the Gothamist.
A whistleblower officer turned over the tapes to the Gothamist and WNYC-FM, having caught hours of conversation between Mount Vernon police officers discussing misconduct.
The officer, Murashea Bovell, a 12-year department veteran, made the recordings from 2017 to this year after realizing he needed hard evidence to get the authorities' attention:
“I need to have something tangible. Something to prove that what I was saying is true, and wouldn’t fall on deaf ears if the time came.”
The police department has gone through five different police commissioners in the past five years, and Bovell has sued the city twice, the first lawsuit being dismissed in 2015 on procedural grounds.
“I’ve taken the proper steps, protocols, to let city leaders, police department leaders know what was happening. Nothing happened. Even brought it to the District Attorney,” he said. “So now, [the] only option left is to let the public know.”
Westchester District Attorney Anthony Scarpino’s office said an investigation is ongoing but would not comment on communications with Bovell and his lawyer.
Bovell gave the DA a batch of recordings in February 2019, according to the Gothamist, but “a DA investigator confirmed that the agency had not moved forward with the investigation, according to Joseph Murray, Bovell’s attorney.”
Likewise, city spokesman Daniel Terry also said the accusations would be investigated "but cautioned that there are two sides to every story."
“I am confident that the truth will come out, and I’d ask people to withhold judgment until it does,” he said. He said he could not comment further on a case in litigation.