Saturday, December 31, 2011

Police Tactic: Keeping Crime Reports Off the Books

Police Tactic: Keeping Crime Reports Off the Books

Guy Calaf for The New York Times

Katherine Davis said that when a man climbed through her living room window, the police did not take an official report.

Published: December 30, 2011

Jill Korber walked into a drab police station in Queens in July to report that a passing bicyclist had groped her two days in a row. She left in tears, frustrated, she said, by the response of the first officer she encountered.

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Nicole Bengiveno/The New York Times

Jill Korber was frustrated by the Police Department's response after she was groped by a passing cyclist two days in a row.

“He told me it would be a waste of time, because I didn’t know who the guy was or where he worked or anything,” said Ms. Korber, 34, a schoolteacher. “His words to me were, ‘These things happen.’ He said those words.”

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