Big Inquiry Into Ticket-Fixing in New York
(New York Times) — It is a practice that by all accounts has been around almost as long as the traffic laws: fixing a traffic ticket. In the annals of small-bore corruption, there are few things more commonplace than a police officer’s making a ticket disappear for a friend or relative. Yet now this curb-level cronyism is threatening to erupt into a New York Police Department scandal. Some two dozen officers in the Bronx could face criminal charges as a result of a lengthy inquiry into the practice, and hundreds could face disciplinary action by the department, a law enforcement official and several other people briefed on the case said. About half of the targets of the criminal inquiry are police union officials, said the law enforcement official and the people who were briefed, all of whom would discuss the investigation only on the condition of anonymity. It remains unclear when the grand jury investigation, which is being conducted by the office of the Bronx district attorney, Robert T. Johnson, and the administrative investigation, which is being pursued by the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau, will be completed.