Bed-Stuy residents say accusations that cops cooked crime stats in the neighborhood doesn’t surprise them one bit.
In fact, the scandal has pushed their distrust in New York’s finest to the point of no return.
“There’s no more ‘police,’ there’s just them and us,” said Tony Johnson, a 20-year-old student who has lived in the area all his life.
The NYPD has handed down internal charges to five officers from the 81st Precinct, including its former commanding officer Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello, over accusations by whistleblower cop Adrian Schoolcraft that they deliberately underreported felonies to make the precinct look better.
City Councilman Al Vann, who pushed Commissioner Ray Kelly to transfer Mauriello in July, criticized the former commander for his alleged role in the scandal but said he had a good relationship with the community.
“He must be a Gemini, he had two sides,” he said.
Residents, however, said sour police relations predated the disgraced cop’s tenure.
Marie Palcide, 55, said police always have done a lackluster job in responding promptly to complaints as small as loud music and as major as a robbery.
“They say crime is down, but they’re still shooting around my house,” she said.
One community leader said police are too aggressive.
Rev. Conrad B. Tillard said he has heard complaints from men of unnecessary stop and frisks that yielded no arrests.
“I see it as all tied up together. My concern is it’s a political approach to policing,” he said.
NYPD spokesman Paul Browne defended officers.
“[They] protect the law-abiding public and arrest those who break the law.”