NYPD Copes With Spate Of Corruption Allegations


Police officers accused of making traffic tickets disappear. Cops arrested in a gun-running sting. An officer convicted of planting drugs on innocent people.

The unusual spate of corruption and misconduct allegations at the New York Police Department is prompting cries for an investigation into whether there is an endemic problem or a few bad apples, drawing comparisons to past scandals and renewing questions about whether the police department can effectively police itself.    

The biggest blow in terms of numbers came late last month when 16 officers were accused of corruption and other charges in the Bronx ticket-fixing scandal.

The officers include an Internal Affairs Bureau lieutenant who is accused of tipping off the targets of the investigation, and union delegates charged with helping friends and family avoid paying tickets.

(Source: NBC New York)