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Whistleblower cop Adrian Schoolcraft on lawsuit against NYPD: 'This is not about money'

Tuesday, September 28th 2010, 4:00 AM

Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft claims the NYPD cast him as a lunatic because he blew the whistle on supervisors who fudged crime stats and badgered victims trying to report felonies.
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Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft claims the NYPD cast him as a lunatic because he blew the whistle on supervisors who fudged crime stats and badgered victims trying to report felonies.

A whistleblower cop vowed Monday night never to settle his $50 million federal lawsuit against the NYPD.

"This is not about money," Police Officer Adrian Schoolcraft told the Daily News.

Although Schoolcraft said he's flat-broke and living on Ramen noodles, he said 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."

Schoolcraft, an eight-year veteran from the 81st Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, has been suspended without pay since last Halloween, when, he says, the NYPD forced him against his will into a mental ward at Jamaica Hospital in Queens.

He said in his suit that the NYPD cast him as a lunatic because heblew the whistle on supervisors who fudged crime stats, enforced illegal quotas and badgered victims trying to report felonies.

Many of his allegations are supported by secret audiotapes he made of the precinct commander, Deputy Inspector Steven Mauriello, and other supervisors.

He has a website - schoolcraftjustice.com - that he and his lawyer Jon Norinsberg said has led to more tips and evidence about how police brass cook the books.

Schoolcraft, living upstate with his dad, said he was idealistic enough to think he would be thanked when he first told investigators what was going on in his precinct.

He is glad other officers have come forward with similar charges - most notably Adhyl Polanco, a cop at the 41st Precinct in the Bronx - but said he is not surprised most officers turn a blind eye when forced to meet summons quotas or downgrade felonies to misdemeanors.

"I understand the fear these guys have," Schoolcraft said. "They have families, houses, cars. They feel they can't speak out."

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly transferred Mauriello in July to Bronx transit police headquarters, although the NYPD has said it had nothing to do with the scandal.

The NYPD's most famous whistleblower, Frank Serpico, visited Schoolcraft and his father recently, cooking a salmon dinner for them and telling the cop it's normal for the department to go after those who speak out. "This is what they do," Schoolcraft quoted Serpico as saying.

rparascandola@nydailynews.com

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