So, the police are copy editors now?
That appears to be the case judging from the recent revisions New York Police Department users made to Wikipedia entries for Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. The department was caught red-handed when political news site, Capital New York, traced around 85 NYPD IP addresses to the Wikipedia edits, which have altered and attempted to delete information on stop-and-frisk reports, scandals, police brutality cases, and prominent city figures.
In the case of Eric Garner’s page, descriptions like “Garner raised both his arms in the air” were changed to “Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke,” and NYPD users attempted to delete an entire Wikipedia page filed under the title,“Sean Bell shooting incident,” according to Capital New York.
While it’s unclear exactly how many users were involved, each of the Wiki-edits have been linked to computers at various IP addresses on the NYPD’s network.
When questioned about the incident, an NYPD spokesperson, Det. Cheryl Crispin, wrote an email stating that “the matter is under internal review.”
Yeah, we bet.
To read a full list of the NYPD’s edits, CLICK HERE.