They Wished They Were Honest

They Wished They Were Honest

The Knapp Commission and New York City Police Corruption

eBook - 2012
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Michael Armstrong has spent close to fifty years either defending or prosecuting criminal cases in New York City. His public service has included stints as District Attorney for Queens County, New York, and chief of the Security Frauds Unit in the U.S. Attorney's office in Manhattan. None of his experiences were as tense or as dangerously waged as the Knapp Commission's investigation into police corruption, prompted by the New York Times's report on whistleblower cop Frank Serpico. Based on Armstrong's vivid recollections of this watershed moment in law enforcement accountability.
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, Ă2012
ISBN: 9780231526982
Characteristics: 1 online resource (ix, 256 pages :) : illustrations


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Oct 19, 2014

This is an important slice of urban history of NYC, or any major US city, and even more important today. At the height of the Knapp Commission [on police corruption] they found that 89% of the NYC police were on the take, and the reason it wasn't 100% was simply that the remaining 11% had nothing to offer criminal outfits and organized crime! Whether it is NYC, or LA's Ramparts precinct, or Chicago PD [with its police briefing rumbles when the cops flash opposing gang signs at one another], being aware of the corruption today is mandatory.

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