The Bronx grand jury that has been reviewing evidence of widespread ticket-fixing in the NYPD wrapped up the majority of its work reviewing 1,000 criminal counts yesterday. 17 police officers and five others—including two who are believed to be drug dealers—will have at least another week of freedom while all the paperwork is done, sources tell the Times. Only ten police officers are believed to be charged with ticket-fixing, with seven more being indicted for "unrelated misconduct."
While one former ADA has been acquitted of DWI, and another man acquitted of attempted murder thanks to the taint of the ticket-fixing scandal, and other cases have yet to be affected, 17 officers is well below the 40 that at one point were believed to be charged.
Commissioner Ray Kelly may have designated a task force to root out ticket-fixers, but perhaps this 6-month-long investigation is really a victory for "the culture of extending courtesies to members and their families within the NYPD." As a former union delegate said last week, "You might as well indict this whole department." Does anyone really believe ticket-fixing is finished?