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Police captains ruled their precincts like private fiefdoms, but appointment to command required money and political influence.
The going price for a captain’s appointment, the investigation revealed, was ,000 (roughly 0,000 today), raised from friends who expected favors in return.
(The latter made Detective Frank Serpico, played by Al Pacino in the Hollywood film, a household name and heroic symbol for reformers.) Nonetheless it reminds us that the mutual attraction between police authority and business influence means the threat of corruption and abuse of power is always present.
The NYPD today is a much larger, more professional, and better-trained organization than it was in the 1890s.
A curiously old-fashioned aura surrounds the latest account of serious wrongdoing in the New York City Police Department: As Preet Bharara, the U. Attorney in Manhattan who brought charges against three police officers told a news conference, the Brooklyn businessmen who allegedly lavished money and favors on them wanted “a private police force for themselves and their friends.” And, though New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has not been implicated, the businessmen are also noteworthy for their ties to his fundraising efforts.
The current police scandal does not seem to indicate a deeper systemic pattern of venality as was revealed in the corruption investigations by the Mollen Commission of the 1990s or the Knapp Commission in the 1970s.
Rechnitz, who pleaded guilty and cooperated with investigators, have been staunch de Blasio supporters.
This newest disgrace is rooted in the oldest problem facing the force, one dating back to its creation in the 1840s.
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