Stop the Presses! Sixteen police officers and five civilians, including two drug dealers, have been told they will be charged in the ongoing ticket fixing scandal, the New York Times is reporting, including an Internal Affairs lieutenant who leaked information to police union officials.
Citing anonymous sources, Times reporters William Rashbaum and Al Baker write that they will have to surrender by midnight tonight to face charges for fixing hundreds of tickets for family, friends and coworkers.
Many of those being charged, the Times says, are officials of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, which represents uniformed police officers. In addition, two sergeans and one lieutenant are being charged.
The looming indictments suggests that as many as 10 of the officers repeatedly fixed tickets, and will face multiple charges as a result, which further suggests that there were go to union officials who would fix tickets as favors. The other six will be charged with unrelated corruption counts, including involvement with the drug trade, burying an assault case and leaking information to union officials. The arrest of the two drug dealers suggests there was a nest of corrupt cops doing business with them.
In all, the investigation uncovered 800 “instances of ticket fixing,” over three years. At one point, more than 400 officers were said to be under investigation. Kelly sent Internal Affairs investigators to spy on cops giving testimony in traffic court. The number of tickets being written by police officers has taken a nosedive this year, as a result of this scandal, and the controversy over police quotas.
Update: The New York Daily News is saying the number of cops is 17. The Post is saying 20 cops and civilians. Also, we called the PBA, and a spokesman there declined to comment.