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[edit] The site

Wearetheanswer.org is a fictional Gotham website, asking visitors to submit tips regarding corrupt police officers.

WE ARE THE ANSWER

A SAFER GOTHAM STARTS WITH YOU.

"Help us make Gotham a better, safer and stronger city by helping us stomp out corruption." -Harvey Dent

In response to numerous complaints about corruption within the Gotham Police Department, the District Attorney’s Office has established this tip page for citizens to report issues involving the police without fear of retribution or harassment.

Many police officers are good and honest people putting their lives on the line to protect Gotham from crime. We appreciate these officers and reward their efforts by reporting corruption when we see it.


If a police officer asks you to perform an illegal act, or performs an illegal act in your presence, your first concern should be for your own safety and the safety of friends and family. When it is safe, please report that act either to the District Attorney’s Office directly or here at this website.


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[edit] Submissions

Participants are able to submit tips via the "Submit Tip Now" link. Any tips involving police officers mentioned in The Gotham Times results in an automated email message.

[edit] A. Flass

Entering A. Flass results in:

As part of the ongoing investigation into corruption in the Gotham City Police Department, the officer(s) you have reported have already been suspended from duty and charged. We anticipate that these officers will be brought to trial within the next few months. Your information will certainly be considered as part of that process. Thank you for doing your part in making Gotham City better, safer, stronger. Together, We Are The Answer.

[edit] Commissioner Loeb

Entering Commissioner Loeb results in:

Please be assured that no one is above the law, and so as part of the ongoing investigation into department corruption, Commissioner Loeb has opened his office to investigators. There is no evidence at this time of wrongdoing on the part of the Commissioner. Please be assured that the Gotham City DA takes all information seriously and confidentially. Your information will be reviewed as part of this investigation. Thank you for doing your part in making Gotham City better, safer, stronger. Together, We Are The Answer.

[edit] Karl Breitup or Jason McCree

Entering Karl Breitup and Jason McCree (the two officers who fled the scene when Gina Tortericci was shot and killed [1]) results in:

Thank you for this information. The officer(s) you report are the subject of an open investigation and your information will certainly be included in that investigation. We hope to get back to you within 1 or 2 business day with regards to this matter (The Gotham DA's offices are closed on weekends).

Thank you for doing your part in making Gotham City better, safer, stronger. Together, We Are the Answer.

Thank you for providing information on Detective Sergeant Jason McCree, Badge #4217 and/or Lt. Karl Breitup, Badge #6773. An Internal Affairs investigation has been opened on these officers and your information has been forwarded to the officer leading that investigation.

Thank you for stepping forward. It is regrettable when those invested with the public trust betray the people who look to them for protection and aid. But by exposing corruption, you are part of making Gotham better, safer, stronger.

[edit] James Gordon

Entering James Gordon results in:

As part of the ongoing investigation into corruption in the Gotham City Police Department, the officer you have reported has been the subject of thorough investigation. Although we are not discounting any reports at this time, all evidence has shown Lieutenant Jim Gordon's conduct on the force has been above reproach.

[edit] Larry Coniglia

Entering Larry Coniglia results in:

As part of the ongoing investigation into corruption in the Gotham City Police Department, the officer(s) you have reported are currently under investigation, although as of this time, there is either no evidence or insufficient evidence to charge or suspend the person(s) in question. Please be assured that the Gotham City DA takes all information seriously and confidentially. Your information will be reviewed as part of this investigation.

Thank you for doing your part in making Gotham City better, safer, stronger. Together, We Are The Answer.

[edit] Francis Notaro

Entering Francis Notaro results in:

Thank you for your submission. Officer Francis Notaro is currently being investigated to determine his guilt or innocence.

We Are The Answer will keep the citizens of Gotham informed regarding this, and other, investigations of police officers.

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The document file names resembled others found in Gothampolice.com/secureinternaldocuments, and they were found to be clues to new documents contained in the database.

[edit] November 30

Participants who submitted a phone number with their tip are called by someone who sounds like Man 2 in the December 1 sting operation, threatening them if they "squeal." At the end of the message, document number LC6551 is mentioned. A rough transcript follows.

We heard about your nice little message at the DA's office. I know you have some big ideas about being a good citizen but nobody likes a squealer. Nobody, you hear me?

You don't know anything about what you're talking about. They're out there. They're out there. Listening to lip, putting their lives on the line. He's working in the middle of the night and you're laying in your bed.

You see what happens next time you need one of the boys in blue. These people that you are getting all misty eyed about: you think about who they are, you think about how they might have brought it on themselves. You think about who you want on your side.

You want to know what the score really is? Check out document LC6551. You know where to look.



A few minutes after the phone message was sent, another email from tips@wearetheanswer.org was received by participants. The "open investigation" involved an audio surveillance operation at Betty's House of Pies on December 1.

Progress regarding your tip

Thank you for your information on suspicious activity regarding a police officer. Your information appears to possibly be very important in an open investigation regarding the officer(s) involved. It is impossible to disclose any specific information on the investigation, but be assured that the information you have provided is being handled with the utmost seriousness and confidentiality.

If you have any further information about criminal activity that the officer(s) have or will be engaging in, you are encouraged to use the tip-line form as an ongoing resource.

Please keep this email and the information you have provided us confidential. Your information is part of an ongoing police investigation and is therefore subject to all laws governing an investigation. Premature disclosure of information could compromise the investigation.

Again, thank you for your assistance. We rely on your help. Together, we are making Gotham City better, safer, stronger. Together, We Are the Answer.

[edit] December 1

Minutes after the December 1st sting operation ended, an email was received from tips@wearetheanswer.org by participants:

Please be advised that the active phase of the investigation pertaining to your tip has come to a close. The case is now under review by the corruption unit at the District Attorney's office.

Thank you for stepping forward to provide what has turned out to be crucial information in this investigation. By exposing corruption, you are part of making Gotham better, safer, stronger.

[edit] December 4

After the Whysoserious.com/Stepright up scavenger hunt was completed, another email was received from tips@wearetheanswer.org:

Dear Citizen,

Today is a momentous day for Gotham and for all of us who have participated in We Are The Answer. Tips from concerned citizens like you are helping to bring corrupt officers to justice. You can be proud that you have aided your fellow citizens in taking the first step towards a safer city.

Due to the overwhelming citizen response, we at We Are The Answer are pouring through an avalanche of police corruption tips. We should be through with the current backlog of tips by the very beginning of the New Year.

Thank you again. The good citizens of Gotham have to stick together to fight crime and corruption. All of us have a brighter future to look forward to.


The home page was also updated:

UPDATE: First Police Officers Indicted Thanks To We Are The Answer

We Are The Answer has been overwhelmed by the reaction of Gotham citizens since we asked for your help. Thousands of concerned men and women who are outraged at how Gotham City has been betrayed by the very people who are supposed to defend us have flooded this website with tips.

All of your submissions are being investigated, and We Are The Answer today announces the indictment of two GPD officers for corruption. It is with sadness, not pride, that We Are The Answer seems to have shown in a matter of weeks how deep the corruption in Gotham goes.

These officers are Jason McCree and Larry Coniglia. McCree is suspected of accepting bribes. Larry Coniglia is under suspicion of interfering in an investigation, racketeering, and assault. Coniglia is also being investigated for the death of a Chechen gang member who died in a police holding cell.

It is important to note that these officers are innocent until proven guilty. We Are The Answer will continue to fight to clean up GPD, and ensure that police officers are working for the citizens of Gotham and not its criminals.

Working with GPD’s Internal Affairs and Assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent, We Are The Answer has taken the first step to taking back our streets from crime and corruption. Thanks to all Gotham citizens who have helped us in this essential endeavor.

NOTE: Due to the overwhelming citizen response, we at We Are The Answer are pouring through an avalanche of police corruption tips. We should be through with the current backlog of tips by the very beginning of the New Year.

[edit] July 10

After the end of the countdown on Whysoserious.com/Overture, Wearetheanswer.org was "Jokerized."


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