NYPD Confidential: Power and Corruption in the Country's Greatest Police Force
For years, the police commissioner and the mayor have duked it out for publicity, credit, and power. Some have translated their stardom into success after leaving office, while others have been hung out to dry. "NYPD Confidential" reveals the battles for power that have led to the city's most infamous corruption cases. Filled with amazing details of backroom deals and larg...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Griffin
(first published 2009)
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Leonard Levitt strongly argues that there is misconduct and corruption in the NYPD. He supports his arguments with factual evidence dating as early as the 20th century. Some instances that highlighted the misconduct and corruption within the NYPD was in 1984 and 2000. In 1984, 10 women and children were gunned down execution-style at a house located in Brooklyn's 75th precinct.This event became known as the Palm Sunday Massacre. During the press conference following the massacre, Police Commissi...more
I stumbled upon Levitt’s blog after he reported on the NYPD’s profiling of mosques and student groups. The Confidential illuminates a harsh spotlight on the darker side and abuses of the NYPD. The reporting is solid, taking the role of an insider within the upper corridors of power, from the white shirts, all the way to the mayors themselves. Levitt points out the triumphs, failures, personal egos, and pettiness that run through any organization. But being the NYPD, it’s so much more interesting...more
Expose by a veteran cop reporter, of the top levels of NYPD. Levitt concentrates on the Guiliani and Bloomberg administrations and shows a certain amount of sympathy for the PD. Not a nice guy, Mr. Guiliani. A rare glimplse into the dangerous and unknown world of a big city police force.