“You can call your delegate if you need a (parking) ticket fixed for a family member”
Chilling. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, according to an article published on Friday about the parking ticket scandal in the Daily News.
“A Bronx cop testified she had union delegates take care of two summonses – a public admission that sources say sheds light on a massive ticket-fixing probe.
About 40 officers are being eyed in the grand jury investigation. Sources told the Daily News that more than two dozen cops could be indicted on bribery, larceny and official misconduct charges in the upcoming weeks.
‘He’s a delegate,’ Officer Julissa Goris said of a cop she spoke to on a wiretap. ‘That’s what they told us in the department. You can call your delegate if you need a ticket fixed for a family member.’ “
Reaction from across the pond (not river)
“As many as 400 NYPD officers could face disciplinary charges for taking money from friends and family to get them off parking and speeding tickets by ‘losing’ the paperwork.
The New York police force is to charge officers in all 12 Bronx precincts, and possibly other boroughs, for allegedly making the tickets disappear…”
“An officer in the unit told the newspaper: ‘This is huge. That’s a lot of cops all in one shot. I’ve never heard of something like that before, these many police officers charged in one period.’
‘It was a systemic thing,’ said another source.”
Good news for criminals
This bad behavior by many of the Bronx’s former finest has far-reaching implications on criminal prosecutions where the arresting or investigating police officers are caught up in this ticket-fixing scandal. The officer’s credibility is out-the-door; defense fodder.
“Any arrest made by officers named in this investigation is going to be torn apart,” the lawyer said. “It’s open season.”
“We don’t give our criminals much punishment, but we sure give ’em plenty of publicity.” ~ Will Rogers.
More to come…