Nothing’s changed. It’s the same old crap — kill the messenger.Legendary NYPD whistle-blower Frank Serpico • Discussing the current plights that police officers who speak up face within the department—for example, the plight of Officer Pedro Serrano, who has spoken up about the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk program. Serrano’s suffered the indignity of having a rat sticker pasted on his locker, but that’s far from the worst of the problems he faced. In case Seripco’s name sounds vaguely familiar, there’s a reason for that: His whistle-blowing case was the subject of a legendary Al Pacino film bearing his last name.
I stand by everything I did. I did my job and I would do it the same way. … I sleep well at night.Retired New York City Police Detective Louis Scarcella • Speaking in regards to a 1990 case where he helped capture and convict David Ranta, a man who confessed to the murder of a rabbi in a botched robbery. However, in the 23 years since Ranta’s arrest, holes have surfaced in the case, and earlier this week, Ranta was released, complete with an apology from the judge. The release raised questions about Scarcella’s own actions, including whether he coached a witness to pick Ranta out of a lineup. The detective, who retired in 2000, defends his work. ”I caught a lot of cases and I got confessions,” he said of his work in the case. “I was called into cases that weren’t mine to speak to people. I was called in and I did my job and I got confessions.”
» That is, if you’re counting, all the people who were injured as bystanders to the police encounter, which occurred yesterday morning. Three people, according to the NYPD, took gunshot wounds, while the other six were struck by fragments. This is, in every way, a bit of disastrous notoriety for New York’s finest, with nine people now suffering the collateral effects of their proximity to the shooter, but none of them actually having been injured by him.