Oh the irony- - Doing time for something he didn't do* Ok ,it was 40 yrs, but how many people did Phillips and the NYPD of that era, put behind bars for crimes they had nothing to do with?- See the "Career Girls Murders"and go from there- Sure the racial tension , the war protests, and the emerging drug trade ,all played a part> but police corruption had been around forever, guys like Phillips made the mistake of thinking they were untouchable. They made the mistake that guys like Durk and Serpico would forever be ignored by the brass- they were almost right- -
Did he pay for another cops crimes? Maybe -Maybe not- - but as the rascist element of the NYPD liked to say 40 plus yrs ago If not this ,its something else> ,you know how "these people" are.
So Mr Phillips, as someone who watched my dad get shaked down so you and others like you could live the life - Even all this time later, I have little sympathy. Im sure that even you can see the bittersweet irony in the "The Blue Wall,s" code of "omerta "that you upheld, then violated.