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Adrian Schoolcraft is a suspended New York Police Department officer who in May 2010 released secretly recorded tapes to The Village Voice
The Village Voice
The Village Voice is a free weekly newspaper and news and features website in New York City that features investigative articles, analysis of current affairs and culture, arts and music coverage, and events listings for New York City...

. Schoolcraft alleges that these tapes show corruption
Corruption
Corruption usually refers to spiritual or moral impurity.Corruption may also refer to:* Corruption , an American crime film* Corruption , a British horror film...

 within New York City
New York City
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's 81st Police Precinct. The recordings were later published as a series of articles titled "The NYPD Tapes", and led to allegations that "commanders at the 81st Precinct pushed ticket and arrest quotas on officers."

Schoolcraft filed a lawsuit
Lawsuit
A lawsuit or "suit in law" is a civil action brought in a court of law in which a plaintiff, a party who claims to have incurred loss as a result of a defendant's actions, demands a legal or equitable remedy. The defendant is required to respond to the plaintiff's complaint...

 against the NYPD claiming that they both intimidated and retaliated against him. The action seeks $50,000,000 in damages. He said his six-day involuntary hospitalization
Involuntary commitment
Involuntary commitment or civil commitment is a legal process through which an individual with symptoms of severe mental illness is court-ordered into treatment in a hospital or in the community ....

 in Jamaica Hospital Center's psychiatric ward was ordered to "discredit his allegations." Schoolcraft has stated that:


There's not enough money in the state to get me to settle this suit. It's going to trial and there's no way around that – the truth has to come out.

On September 10, 2010 the nationally syndicated radio program This American Life
This American Life
This American Life is a weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBEZ and hosted by Ira Glass. It is distributed by Public Radio International on PRI affiliate stations and is also available as a free weekly podcast. Primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, it has also featured essays,...

ran a story on Schoolcraft, using his taped conversations as well as interviews with him personally.

In May of 2011, a judge ruled that discovery
Discovery (law)
In U.S.law, discovery is the pre-trial phase in a lawsuit in which each party, through the law of civil procedure, can obtain evidence from the opposing party by means of discovery devices including requests for answers to interrogatories, requests for production of documents, requests for...

could proceed.

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