Wednesday, March 18, 2015

NYPD Caught Editing Controversial Wikipedia Entries

internet censorshipThis past year has been quite controversial for police in America, and I suspect that 2015 won't be any different. Their corruption and brutality seems to grow a little every year, while personal video cameras continue to become more ubiquitous. For them, it's a pretty simple recipe for a PR disaster.

So after so many police brutality videos caught the public's attention last year, you'd think they would start to reform the nature of their profession. Perhaps they could change how their officers are trained, and adjust their tactics in the field. Or maybe they could make an effort towards tackling corruption, and breaking down the thin blue line that separates them from the public they're supposed to be protecting. Or if they'd like to instantly regain the respect of the public, they could actually punish cops who rape, murder, and steal, instead of giving them desk duty and paid vacations.

Oh hell, who am I kidding? That all sounds way too hard. Instead of reforming the police, it would be so much easier to just reform their image.
Friday morning Capital New York published a blockbuster story about how the New York Police Department has apparently been doing its own damage control on Wikipedia.
The reporters there found that “Computers operating on the New York Police Department’s computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality.”
Entries found to have been edited by IP addresses associated with the NYPD include pages related to the shooting deaths of Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. In all, Capital New York identified 85 separate NYPD addresses that have edited Wikipedia, which indicates that this may very well have been a coordinated operation and not simply the work of a rogue officer.
Most of their handiwork seems to pertain to the Eric Garner case. Statements such as “Garner raised both his arms in the air” were changed to “Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke.” And “Use of the chokehold has been prohibited” was altered to say "Use of the chokehold is legal, but has been prohibited.”

The most atrocious edit, in my mind at least, was when they edited one of the instances of "chokehold" to read "respiratory distress." What a polite way to describe strangulation.

So keep up the good work NYPD. Surely the people of New York City can sleep easy at night, knowing that their men in blue will leave no stone unturned in their effort to cover their own asses.

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