The Capital New York report revealed that over ten years anonymous Wikipedia users on NYPD Internet-Protocol addresses edited and made changes to Wikipedia entries on NYPD’S alleged conduct involving police brutality victims Eric Garner, Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo.
After the Staten Island Jury decided not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner, one user on the 1 Police Plaza network edited the “Death of Eric Garner” entry.
The changes are as follows:
? “Garner raised both his arms in the air” was changed to “Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke.”
? “[P]ush Garner's face into the sidewalk” was changed to “push Garner's head down into the sidewalk.”
? “Use of the chokehold has been prohibited” was changed to “Use of the chokehold is legal, but has been prohibited.”
? The sentence, “Garner, who was considerably larger than any of the officers, continued to struggle with them,” was added to the description of the incident.
? Instances of the word “chokehold” were replaced twice, once to “chokehold or headlock,” and once to “respiratory distress.”
NYPD IP addresses were also used to make changes to entries on policies of “stop-and-frisk”, top officials in the city and police department and deleted significant portions of text related to NYPD corruption, scandals and misconduct.
The department is investigating the incidences in light of the report.