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Crime History: NYC officer Serpico

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On this day, Feb. 3, in 1971, New York City policeman Frank Serpico was shot during a routine heroin bust, which led to the exposure of widespread corruption in the police department. Before the shooting, Serpico had reported rampant corruption within the ranks, but his superiors did nothing. He tipped off a friend at the New York Times, which led to an expose that forced the mayor to...

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