New York, NY - Bratton: Current NYPD Scandals The Worst In Decades
New York, NY - Being a member of New York’s Finest has always been a tough job, but with the ongoing FBI corruption probe heralding more bad news arriving on an almost daily basis, being a member of the NYPD has tougher than ever lately, according to Commissioner Bill Bratton.
Speaking with members of The New York Post’s editorial board, Bratton said that the NYPD hasn’t seen corruption of this magnitude in over forty years.
Five high ranking members of the NYPD have been stripped of their guns and badges and placed on modified duty as previously reported on VIN News and Bratton said that it is possible that more heads will continue to roll in the coming days.
“We’re at that stage of the investigation where witnesses are being interviewed in person and each interview has the potential to yield new information,” said Bratton “We will evaluate that literally on a daily basis.”
Bratton said that he couldn’t reveal further details because the investigations are ongoing.
Bratton said that he has been in close contact with the FBI and credited the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau for opening the investigation in 2013. He declined to comment on when he had learned that former NYPD chief Phillip Banks, with whom he had a notoriously rocky relationship, was being eyed because of inexplicably large bank balances.
Bratton said that the last time an investigation revealed abuses of power at such senior levels within the police would likely be in the early 1970s when the Knapp Commission, created by Mayor John Lindsay, revealed widespread corruption throughout the NYPD.
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