Revisions to Wikipedia entries about black men killed by New York City police officials came from computers in the department's headquarters, a new report reveals.
Users at 1 Police Plaza edited articles on Eric Garner, Sean Bell, Amadou Diallo, and other police controversies in what appears to be an attempt to downplay police accountability in each incident, according to Capital New York.
Capital traced the edits using Internet Protocol addresses, or IP addresses, linked to 1 Police Plaza, the NYPD's headquarters.
Over the last decade, Capital found hundreds of edits by users at the NYPD headquarters, "many of which had nothing to do with police issues."
In one example, hours after a grand jury declined to indict Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Garner, a user at 1 Police Plaza made these edits:
A NYPD spokesperson denied that the edits were made by someone using computers at 1 Police Plaza.
"We are conducting an internal investigation to identify what member of the service may have accessed the Department’s server," Stephen Davis, NYPD deputy commissioner of public information said in an email to The Huffington Post. "These incidents did not originate from computers located at Police Headquarters."
In 2009, Wikipdia blocked computers owned by the Church of Scientology because of self-serving edits.
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