INVESTIGATIONS: Guarding the Guardians

Bit by bit, over the past several months, stories of police corruption in New York City have leaked out to the public. Last week the most sordid story to date was told by the first witness at hearings held by the blue-ribbon Knapp Commission, which is investigating crime in the department. William Phillips, on the force for 14 years, explained how he and innumerable other cops had taken graft as casually as they had handed out parking tickets. Payoffs for criminal protection came as regularly as paychecks—and often amounted to a lot...

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