Crime & Punishment
A three year investigation has resulted in the indictment of 16 NYPD officers accused of resolving traffic tickets for friends, relatives and fellow cops. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson discussed the case in a press conference with reporters Friday afternoon.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg didn’t say much this morning in response to news that two NYPD officers were acquitted of rape accusations leveled against them by a woman who said she was drunk and assaulted back in 2008.
Speaking on his weekly radio show, the mayor said the NYPD Commissioner, Ray Kelly “fired them right away,” referring to the two cops, who were found guilty of three counts of official misconduct for each time they returned to the woman’s East Village apartment that night.
“What we have to deal with is whatever the jury decided; that it” said the mayor.
Soon after, the mayor’s co-host, John Gambling, switched the conversation to charter schools.
Later on in the radio interview, Bloomberg was asked about the ticket-fixing scandal that prosecutors allege may involve dozens, if not hundreds, of police officers in the NYPD. “Ray Kelly is all over it,” said Bloomberg. “This is embarrassing to the greatest police department in the world.”
The Daily News had a story this morning alleging “at least three Council members had tickets fixed after they phoned friends at the NYPD.”
When asked about it at an unrelated press conference in Queens, Mayor Bloomberg said: “It is wrong,” and, “the cops shouldn’t do it.”
“It’s really disgraceful if an elected official asked them to do it,” he said.
Bloomberg said he discussed the ticket-fixing scandal during his weekly meeting with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly yesterday. The matter is being investigated by the Bronx District Attorney.
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