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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Bribery At The NYPD

You keep hearing from the Accountability Mayor how much more accountable city employees are these days.

How accountable is this?

Several cops involved in a massive ticket-fixing scandal got pricey tickets to Yankees games and other sporting events for making summonses disappear, sources said.

The premium seats were "thank-you" gifts from cops whose relatives got out of speeding and red-light violations in the 40th, 48th and 52nd precincts, sources said.

Officers in Manhattan and Queens also scored tickets to Mets and Giants games for getting rid of moving violations, sources said.

At least six cops received tickets from colleagues for field-level seats at Yankee Stadium, some of which cost more than $400, sources said.

"One cop would ask the other to take care of a ticket and set him up with seats to show his appreciation," said one source with knowledge of the fixed cases. "It was something done as a 'thank you'... a favor for a favor."

The gifted Yankees tickets were for some of the biggest games of the 2010 season, including matchups between the Bronx Bombers and the Boston Red Sox.

"They were getting choice seats for getting rid of the tickets, or in some cases not showing up in court," the source said. "These are seats that would have cost a bundle. Several hundred bucks and higher in some cases."

Information about the game tickets emerged as part of the traffic ticket-fixing probe by the Bronx district attorney's office, which could result in the indictments of up to 40 cops, sources said.

More than 100 cops could face departmental charges, the sources said.

If they could make tickets go away, how much do you want to bet they could make crimes stats go away too?

Felony? Uh, no - let's label that something more along a misdemeanor line.

Misdemeanor? Uh, no - are you sure someone stole your wallet? Maybe you lost it...

Bloomberg lives by data, but isn't it obvious that the data can be manipulated and that more and more evidence exists that in Bloomberg's New York, that is exactly what has happened?

1 comment:

  1. Regarding corporate ed deformers fetish for data (as in TFA-bots programmed to be "data-driven"): garbage in, garbage out.

    A number of years ago, in the midst of a betting scandal by an NBA ref, the head of the refs union was quoted in the Times about how the League uses data to rate the referees. Every call they make during games is logged and averaged, and refs are threatened with discipline if they fall above or below the averages.

    The head of the union said something very perceptive and appropriate for what teachers(and cops and other municipal workers) are facing: "They control the information, and they use the information to control us."