Edits to Wikipedia Pages Traced to 1 Police Plaza
"Computers operating on the New York Police Department’s computer
network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter
Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality, a review
by Capital has revealed.
'The matter is under internal review,'
an NYPD spokeswoman, Det. Cheryl Crispin, wrote in an email to Capital
after examples of the changes were presented to the NYPD.
The edits and changes were linked to the NYPD through a series of
Internet Protocol addresses, or IP addresses, which can be publicly
tracked by various websites....
Computer users identified by Capital as working on the NYPD
headquarters' network have edited and attempted to delete Wikipedia
entries for several well-known victims of police altercations, including
entries for Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. Capital
identified 85 NYPD addresses that have edited Wikipedia, although it is
unclear how many users were involved, as computers on the NYPD network
can operate on the department’s range of IP addresses.
NYPD IP addresses have also been used to edit entries on stop-and-frisk,
NYPD scandals, and prominent figures in the city’s political and police