The New York Police Department has apologized to an elderly couple for targeting their home at least 50 times since 2002. Police say that it was due to computer glitch when the address of Walter and Rose Martin’s Brooklyn home was used in a test of the department’s computer system.
The police would come to their home roughly three times a week.
Walter and Rose Martin’s Brooklyn home was used to test a department-wide computer system in 2002. It is astonishing that they never sued for the negligence — which the police promised to stop only after the media published the story.
Rose Martin, 82, and Walter Martin, 83, experienced stress related problems due to the continual inquiries.
While the police insist it is due to a computer test in 2002, reporters have found evidence that the problems go back to 1997 for the prior owners — who reportedly sold the house out of frustration with the constant harassment by police. It is bizarre that no one in the police department ever took steps to rectify the problem.
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