Bogus Cop Radio Used to Transmit Fake Officer Down Calls

By Aidan Gardiner on February 21, 2013 7:19am | Updated on February 21, 2013 3:54pm

 Someone repeatedly summoned police to the Bushwick Houses with calls of officers down, all of which were unfounded. An officer was shot near the housing complex in January 2012. 
Someone repeatedly summoned police to the Bushwick Houses with calls of officers down, all of which were unfounded. An officer was shot near the housing complex in January 2012. 
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BUSHWICK — A person using a bogus police radio sent cops rushing to the Bushwick Houses several times recently with a series of emergency 10-13 calls — the most urgent transmissions made when officers are hurt or under attack, cops said.

Each message sent cops scrambling to the housing complex near Bushwick Avenue and Moore Street, according to the NYPD. It's unclear how many calls have been made.

All transmissions were made from a makeshift radio that sources said was doctored to work on the city's official police frequency. Responding officers found nobody hurt or needing help, police said.

By law, it is a crime to make false police reports or phony 911 calls.

Last year, NYPD officer Kevin Brennan survived after being shot in the head in the Bushwick Houses.

Police earlier said the calls might have been made from a missing police radio, but a subsequent investigation found there are no missing NYPD radios at this time.

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