AND COMMUNITY LEADERS TO CALL UPON NEW YORK CITY TO RECONSTRUCT SECURITY CAMERA MONITORING TEAMS IN PUBLIC HOUSING AFTER NYPD VIDEO MONITORING UNIT FAILS TO DETECT RAPE OF BROOKLYN WOMAN
New York State Senator Eric Adams (D, Brooklyn) will hold a press conference with members of 100 Blacks in Law Enforcement Who Care and community leaders to request a reorganization of the personnel assigned to monitor security cameras in public housing. The proposal is a response to the 30-minute rape of a Brooklyn woman that was caught on security camera tape but remained completely undetected by NYPD monitoring personnel.
Senator Adams states: “We cannot tolerate an environment in which residents of public housing are unprotected. The Van Dyke Houses complex has more than 200 security cameras installed, but all the high-tech equipment in the world will be insufficient if the police officers entrusted with monitoring it are inadequate. The NYPD must make a fundamental change in the process by which it selects its monitoring personnel. The current method of choosing officers for this assignment is inappropriate and unacceptable.”
Senator Adams further states: “When stairwells are under the surveillance of cameras that have been installed as safeguards, it should impossible for a protracted rape of almost a half hour to take place. It seems inexplicable—unless we impute some form of negligence. Assigning the monitoring responsibility to officers who are on medical leave or who face disciplinary charges is an unwise policy that jeopardizes the safety of public housing residents.”