Report: NYPD edited Wikipedia pages

Report: NYPD Edited Wikipedia Pages
Report: NYPD Edited Wikipedia Pages

A new report from Capital New York reveals several Wikipedia entries about black men killed by New York City police officers were edited by the NYPD.

The media company tracked the changes through IP addresses to computers in the police department's network at its headquarters at 1 Police Plaza in Manhattan.

According to Capital New York, one entry changed from "Garner raised both his arms in the air" to "Garner flailed his arms about as he spoke" on the Wikipedia page.

In another example "use of the chokehold has been prohibited" was changed to "use of the chokehold is legal, but has been prohibited."

And, "Garner, who was considerably larger than any of the officers, continued to struggle with them" was added to the page.

In addition to Garner's page ... edits were also made to entries about Amadou Diallo, the Alexien Lien beating, NYPD leaders, and police policies like stop-and-frisk. There was even an attempt to delete an entry on the shooting death of Sean Bell.

The NYPD confirmed the alterations were made using the department's address but not by computers actually at the department's headquarters.

Capital New York provided a list of all anonymous Wikipedia edits made by the NYPD IP addresses in a Google Doc posted on its website.

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