There are lies, damn lies and statistics. And NYPD’s CompStat is statistics about crime. Brooklyn family claims in suit that NYPD harassed them as part of effort to keep CompStat crime numbers down.
They wanted the family to lie about a gunshot. When they wouldn’t, their lives were turned upside down.
Lopez-Lopez’s lawsuit claims cops repeatedly harassed them with threats during the month after the shooting – before ultimately arresting his entire family.
Lopez-Lopez, who works as a store manager, is a legal gun owner but cops took his firearm away during the weeks before the arrest, telling him “all you have to do is tell us your brother shot himself and you will get your gun back right now and your life will go back to normal,” the complaint says. The pistol he had was not alleged to have been used in the shooting.
It goes on from their. Because CompStat is big business. The mayor of NYC and the Police Commissioner have press conferences proclaiming how the statistics show everything is great. Of course if the statistics are a fabrication…