What happens when fighting crime leads to a crime in itself? That’s the question posed in FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ latest short film, “Crime by the Numbers,” premiering today on FiveThirtyEight.com.
Directed by Don Argott for the Signals anthology series, “Crime by the Numbers” tells the riveting and frightening story of Adrian Schoolcraft, a brave NYPD officer who secretly taped police conversations from 2008 to 2009, exposing the manipulation behind the NYPD’s quota system, CompStat.
The short features interviews with former Village Voice investigative reporter and “NYPD Tapes” author Graham Rayman, who first broke the Schoolcraft story; as well as with retired NYPD captain and “Crime Numbers Game: Management by Manipulation” author John Eterno and George Kelling, professor at the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice.
Signals, an anthology series from a diverse group of filmmakers, will explore stories where analytics and data meet compelling political, economic, science, lifestyle and sports narratives. Related features and visualizations on FiveThirtyEight will accompany the films to provide greater context. Signals, which is a project out of ESPN content unit Exit 31, launched October 22 with “The Man Vs. The Machine.”