As was expected, 17 NYPD officers have been indicted by a Bronx grand jury as part of the ongoing ticket-fixing investigation. DNAInfo reports that the officers are expected to be arrested next week on charges including perjury, bribery, rewarding official misconduct, and grand larceny.
In addition to the ticket-fixing, many cops will be charged with more serious crimes that were revealed as a result of the probe, including accusations of collecting drug-profits. Adding to the web of corruption, the NY Times reported this morning that officials believe there have been leaks between the Internal Affairs Bureau and union officials which got in the way of the investigation, which may be "the most damning of the departmental weaknesses unearthed to date in the ticket-fixing investigation."
As for the ticket-fixing, many officers have been quick to defend the practice: one policeman and former union delegate said last week, "Nothing was done corruption-wise. I never asked for money to fix summons, I never asked for a favor to fix a summons. It is a courtesy. You might as well indict this whole department. It is a widespread epidemic." And earlier this year, the president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, the union for the NYPD's 12,000 front-line supervisors, vigorously defended "the culture of extending courtesies to members and their families within the NYPD."