Reportedly, there is outrage at Capital NY over Wikipedia pages having been altered by someone(s) at NYPD headquarters.
They should be outraged by a lot of things in New York but Wikipedia pages shouldn’t be on the top of the list.
WCBS reported that the Wikipedia pages for Eric Garner, Sean Bell and Amadou Diallo were changed at computers on the New York police Department’s network at One Police Plaza headquarters.
Capital New York traced the edits.
Garner’s report was changed from “Garner raised both his arms in the air” to “Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke.”
“Headlock” was substituted for “chokehold.”
Another change was an add-on: “Garner, who was considerably larger than any of the officers, continued to struggle with him.”
NYPD IP addresses were used to “Stop, Question and Frisk,” and to delete sections on NYPD scandals, Capital New York reports.
The report did not say if the changes were accurate or open to interpretation. Were the sections deleted really scandals? The other changes they mentioned are not unreasonable.
Last I heard the police are citizens and can make Wiki changes but maybe not while at work.
Anyone can make changes on Wikipedia.
The pages appear to have been changed back and the NYPD says the matter is under investigation.
Will we see more riots led by Al Sharpton over this?
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